Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Foerster, Sher Join Society

New active member Anna J. Foerster, ASC was born in Germany, where she grew up in a family of musicians, inventors and writers. As a teen, she worked as a loader and camera assistant on student and low-budget projects. After working as a camera assistant for the Filmhaus in Munich, she was accepted to the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, where she specialized in cinematography.

While working in Germany, Foerster met director Roland Emmerich, and she came to Hollywood to serve as the visualeffects cinematographer on his feature Independence Day (AC July '96). She soon found steady work as a visual-effects and miniatures cinematographer, and then transitioned into shooting and directing second unit, which in turn led to directing episodic TV Foerster reteamed with Emmerich on Anonymous (AC Sept. ? 1), her first feature aedit as main-unit director of photography. She won a Lola (the German equivalent of an Oscar) for her work on the film. Foerster recently shot Whits House Down, which is slated for release later this year.

Lawrence Sher, ASC was born and raised in Teaneck, N.J. While attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., his interest in still photography evolved into a passion for cinematography, and upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began working as a camera assistant and shooting student films and music videos.

After co-writing, producing and shooting the 16mm feature Captain Jack, Sher worked on a string of low-budget features, including the hit indie Kissing Jessica St&n. Since then, his feature credits have included Garden State, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Hangover (and its two sequels) and The Dictator.

Jannard Becomes Associate

New associate member Jim Jannard was born in Alhambra, Calif. In 1975, he founded sunglasses company Oakley, and in 2006, he founded Red Digital Cinema and launched the Red One. Since then, Red has introduced the Epic and Scarlet camera systems. The company has also acquired Ren-Mar Studios, rebranding the facility Red Studios Hollywood. "I've always been too dumb to know what not to do," he says. "Who made these rules, anyway?"

HPA Hosts Luncheon

The Hollywood Post Alliance recently hosted a Sales Career Resource Group luncheon at the Beverly Garland. The event included a panel discussion moderated by ??? President and ASC associate Leon Silverman. Steven Poster, ASC sat on the panel, which also included Daniel Cahn, ACE; Larry Chemoff of MTI Film; Michael Cioni of Light Iron; Tom Vice of FotoKem; David Waters of Technicolor; and Joachim Zell of Deluxe.

Academy Sci-Tech Council Adds Members

ASC members David Stump and Bill Taylor and ASC associates Ray Feeney, Josh Pines and Beverly Wood recently joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Academy governor Bill Kroyer and ASC associate George Joblove currently cochair the council, whose members also include ASC members Peter Anderson, Richard Edlund, John Hora and Daryn Okada, and ASC associates Craig Barron, Denny Clairmont, Milt Shefter and Garrett Smith

Lighthill, Deming Speak at Createasphere

Createasphere recently presented its Fall Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank, Calif., offering an array of educational panels, exhibitions and a "gear alley" that spotlighted new tools and technology. The event also featured the premiere of the Digital Process Workflow Lab, an integrated cloud environment involving Dell, Adobe, 5th Kind, Arri, Codex, FilmLight, Levels Beyond, Pixelflow, NewBlueFX, Technicolor, Quantum, Signiant and Scayl. …

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