Special Bulletin - November 2012

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Dean Semler AM ACS ASC honoured by the ASC

Greetings ACS colleagues,
How's this for some great news.

The American Society of Cinematographers is to honour our very own Dean Semler AM ACS ASC with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dean Semler AM ACS ASC, along with Rodney Charters ASC CSC; Robby Müller NSC BVK and Curtis Clark ASC will be honored by their peers during the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards to be held February 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Dean will receive the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award; Robby Müller will be presented with the International Achievement Award; Rodney Charters receives the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Curtis Clark collects the President’s Award.

“We are thrilled to be honoring this extraordinary group of artists,” says ASC President Stephen Lighthill. “Each of these individuals has made an indelible impact on our profession, and the industry as a whole.”

Just in case you've forgotten, Dean Semler earned his first narrative credit for Let the Balloon Go in 1976. He went on to earn critical praise for his innovative camerawork on a string of successful 1980s films, including Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Lighthorsemen, Cocktail, Young Guns and Dead Calm. In 1984, Semler won an Australian Film Institute Award for Russell Mulcahy’s thriller Razorback. He then went on to earn an Oscar and an ASC Award in 1991 for his magnificent cinematography on Kevin Costner’s directorial debut Dances With Wolves. In 2007, his outstanding work on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto earned him a second ASC Award nomination. The renowned cinematographer has collaborated with such seminal directors as George Miller, Peter Segal, Randall Wallace, Roland Emmerich, Tom Shadyac, Mel Gibson and Phillip Noyce, among others. Dean Semler’s nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as City Slickers, Last Action Hero, Waterworld, The Bone Collector, We Were Soldiers, XXX, Bruce Almighty, The Alamo, Get Smart, 2012, Date Night, Secretariat, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, and the upcoming Parental Guidance and Maleficent.

“Dean’s creative prowess is seemingly limitless,” says ASC Awards Committee Chairman Daryn Okada ASC. “His long list of impressive credits has defined a generation of cinema. Dean is consistently innovative, and is always outdoing himself from film to film. While we recognize his tremendous contribution to our art form, we will keep an eye on the future and highly anticipate what he will create next.”

We at the ACS, indeed the Australian industry, are all incredibly proud of Dean's achievements and this is yet another to be justifiably proud of. We can only hope to see his smiling face at the ACS HQ again very soon.

As the great bard once said: "Good onya Digger".

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