Magazine article American Cinematographer

President's Desk

Magazine article American Cinematographer

President's Desk

Article excerpt

This is my final column. Next month the ASC Board of Governors will elect the officers who will begin a new era of leadership for the Society. Because of the lead time necessary for the magazine, you may continue to see the previous roster of officers for another couple of months, but by the time you read this, the transition will have happened.

In this column, I tried to impart a little about what it takes to be successful in this profession, as well as the importance of balancing personal life with business, They were mostly stream-of-consciousness musings, things I thought might have some resonance for others. I appreciated everyone who came up to me at different events around the world and told me this column helped them in some way, either by acknowledging that we all go through the same kinds of things, or by revealing that there is also life outside of the camera lens.

Serving as president of the ASC has been both rewarding and demanding. When you are the president of anything, many times your desire to do the right thing can be misinterpreted. No decision you make will be satisfactory to everyone, yet you have to make those decisions for the good of the organization you've sworn to serve, regardless of your personal opinion. But the good experiences far outweigh the difficult ones. We have seen the Society's return to the Clubhouse after years of meticulous renovation, the development of new Internet-based methods to interact with our supporters, and the forging of new tools like the Toland Digital Assistant; in addition, we opened the door to greater communication with our fellow cinematographers by hosting the International Cinematography Summit Conference to discuss where our craft is heading. Also, there is a momentum in our collaborations with other industry organizations that will continue to build. …

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