Shelly Johnson has recently been elected as the 47th president of the American Society of Cinematographers. He succeeds Stephen Lighthill, who has completed his second consecutive two-year term as president, and third overall.
Johnson, a California native, graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980. Since then, he has had an illustrious career, earning feature credits for major movies such as Jurassic Park III, The Last Castle, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Greyhound. Johnson’s work in television includes the 1997 retelling of Stephen King’s The Shining.
As a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2000, Johnson is also part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has earned ASC Award nominations for his lensing of Everybody’s Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure, The Inheritance, the series The Others, and the pilot for Training Day.
“The collaborative spirit of the ASC will carry on with a continued focus on industry education, mentorship, and diversity outreach,” Johnson said in a statement about his election. “Our membership is embracing new technologies and looking forward to developing the latest tools to facilitate the creation of images that resonate with audiences. Our doors are open as we welcome all artistic and technical minds venturing to expand meaningful storytelling.”
In addition to Johnson, the ASC Board has also elected a slate of officers that includes VPs Charlie Lieberman, John Simmons and Patti Lee; Treasurer Charles Minsky; Secretary Dejan Georgevich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Chomyn.
The members of the board have been elected by the organization’s active membership. The board also includes Mandy Walker, who became the first woman to win the ASC Award in features earlier this year for her lensing of Elvis, former Academy president John Bailey, Patrick Cady, Steven Fierberg, Michael Goi, Charles Minsky, Lowell Peterson, Lawrence Sher, Eric Steelberg, John Toll, and Amy Vincent. Alternate members of the board are Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Georgevich, Denis Lenoir, Steven Poster, and Mark Irwin.
The American Society of Cinematographers is a prestigious organization that has been around for 102 years. It is an invitation-only society of top cinematographers in the film and television industry. The ASC was founded in 1919, and its members are selected based on their contributions to the film industry and their craft. The organization supports and celebrates the art of cinematography, working to educate and inspire future generations of filmmakers.
The ASC sets a high standard of excellence for its members through its exclusive membership process. It calls for an impressive level of skill and experience in the field of cinematography. The ASC is highly respected in the film industry, and its members have won numerous awards, including Oscars, Emmys, and BAFTAs.
As Johnson takes the helm as president of the American Society of Cinematographers, he leads a group of some of the best cinematographers in the world, dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experiences with future generations. Under his guidance, the ASC will continue to make strides in industry education, mentorship, and diversity outreach, while embracing new technologies and developing new tools to facilitate the creation of images that resonate with audiences.
Johnson’s career has spanned over three decades, and he has worked with some of the most successful directors and producers in the film industry. He brings a wealth of experience to his role as president of the American Society of Cinematographers, along with a dedication to the craft of cinematography that has earned him the respect of his peers. With his leadership, the ASC is sure to continue to inspire and educate future generations of filmmakers.