Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Society Elects Officers, Board

Stephen Lighthill, ASC has been elected president of the Society for 2012-?3. The vote was made by the newly elected Board of Governors, who also elected Vice Presidents Richard Crudo, Daryn Okada and Kees Van Oostrum; Treasurer Victor J. Kemper; Secretary Fred Goodich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Steven Fierberg.

Lighthill takes over from Michael Goi, ASC, who served a maximum three consecutive terms. This is Lighthill's first term as president; he previously served as sergeant-at-arms.

"I am honored and humbled to be trusted by my peers to lead the ASC," says Lighthill. "There has never been a more exciting time to tell stories visually. The creative options are abundant today. That also means it's never been more important for us as an organization to collaborate in the diverse challenges affecting the role of thecinematographer."

Also elected to the Board of Governors were ASC members John Bailey, Stephen H. Burum, Curtis Clark, Dean Cundey, Fred Elmes, Goi, Francis Kenny, Matthew Leonetti, Michael O'Shea, Robert Primes and Owen Roizman. Alternate members are Ron Garcia, Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Julio Macat and Kenneth Zunder

Bleibtreu, Miller Become Active Members

New active member Josh Bleibtreu, ASC grew up in Big Sur, Calif. His parents were artists, and they encouraged his creative pursuits, which included making Super 8mm films. Bleibtreu moved to Los Angeles in the early 70s, and, after working on no- and low-budget features, he was able to make a living as a first assistant cameraman, working on features, television projects and National Geographic documentaries. He began working with Don Burgess, ASC, doing second-unit work for such films as Back to the Future Part II and Part III, Batman Returns, Death Becomes Her and Backdraft.

Bleibtreu made the move to camera operator, and soon thereafter began notching second-unit credits as a director of photography. Those credits include Cast Away, The Ring, The Italian Job, Wanted, Angels & Demons, Knight and Day, X-Men: First Class, Snow White and the Huntsman and Total Recall (201 2).

Born in Manchester, Conn., David Miller, ASC attended the University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport, earning a bachelor's degree in film at the latter. He attended a Maine Photographic Workshop taught by Owen Roizman, ASC, as well as a training seminar at New York's storied General Camera. After shooting the Student Academy Awardwinning film Jenny, Miller began his professional career as a camera assistant, working for such cinematographers as Peter Bizou, BSC and Brian West, BSC, before earning his first credits as a cinematographer on commercials.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Miller has shot the series That's Life, Jag, Commander in Chief and Shark. Most recently, he has shared cinematography duties on Desperate Housewives with Lowell Peterson, ASC.

Jayhawks Visit Clubhouse

Students from the University of Kansas recently visited the Clubhouse and participated in a discussion with ASC members Stephen H. Burum, George Spiro Dibie, Robert Elswit, Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Julio Macat, Isidore Mankofsky, Rexford Metz, Haskell Wexler and Robert Yeoman.

"The ASC is dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers, sharing our knowledge and collaborating with all departments in the creation of moving images," says Dibie, chair of the ASC Education Committee. "We open our doors to anyone studying screenwriting, directing, producing, design, acting, etc. …

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