The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has chosen three winners for this year’s ASC Andrew Laszlo Student Heritage Awards. The students come from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Art Center College of Design and Northwestern University. A ceremony announcing the winners in each category was held Saturday at the ASC Clubhouse. The awards are designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, with focus on their cinematographic abilities.
The winners and honorable mentions are:
Graduate – Winner:
Josephine and the Roach by Damian Horan, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Narcocorrido by Benjamin Kitchens, American Film Institute
The Bullet Catcher by John Walstad MacDonald, Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Undergraduate – Winner:
Aexis by H.R. McDonald, Art Center College of Design
The Drop by Nicholas Wiesnet, Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Reclamation by Adam Lee, Loyola Marymount University, School of Film and TV
Documentary – Winner:
Language of the Unheard by Travis LaBella, Northwestern University
Prior to the awards ceremony, the ASC hosted an invite-only screening of all the student films at the Clubhouse for its members and industry supporters.
To qualify, professors at film schools recommended one student for each category from their school, who then submitted their film for judging. A Blue Ribbon panel of ASC members judged more than 40 entries.
The ASC Heritage Award was inaugurated for the purpose of encouraging filmmakers to pursue careers in cinematography.
Each year, the ASC Heritage Award is rededicated in memory of an individual who advanced the art and craft of cinematography. A Hungarian native, Andrew Laszlo, ASC, was a talented cinematographer whose film and television career spanned more than 50 years, whose credits include The Warriors, First Blood, Innerspace and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He earned Emmy nominations for his work on Shogun and The Man without a Country. Laszlo dedicated many years to teaching future directors of photography at workshops, seminars and schools around the world, and authored several books, including It’s a Wrap, a compilation of his experiences on movie sets around the world.