Magazine article Variety

Frederick Elmes Nabs Franklin J. Schaffner Medal

Magazine article Variety

Frederick Elmes Nabs Franklin J. Schaffner Medal

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The American Film Institute has selected "Blue Velvet" cinematographer Frederick Elmes as this year's recipient of its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The award is presented to an AFI alumnus who embodies the qualities of Schaffner, which are "talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television." Schaffner earned 28 Academy Award nominations during his 40-year career.

Elmes graduated from AFI in 1972 and received his first credit on David Lynch's "Eraserhead" in 1977. He went on to become the cinematographer on Lynch's landmark film "Blue Velvet" in 1986 and "Wild at Heart" in 1990. He won Independent Spirit Awards in back-to-back years for "Wild at Heart" and Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth."

Elmes also won the National Society of Film Critics award for "Blue Velvet" and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "In the Gloaming. …

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