Some of you might not think applying for professional awards is worth the bother. Awards such as the Oscars seem to revolve around inside politics, ranks of PR agents, and unguessable public sentiments, all of which makes moot the talent the show is supposed to judge. Any winner, however, can’t deny the increased notice their career garners, usually resulting in higher bids for their services.
So if you’ve done DP duties of note for television, and don’t chaff at other’s judgments, sidle up to that keyboard and visit the American Society of Cinematographers website at www.theasc.com (you can also call 323-969-4333). The annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards competition includes three categories: (1) an episode or pilot of a 30-minute series, (2) an episode or pilot of a 60-minute series, and (3) a movie or miniseries made for television.
Programs can compete if they have a U.S. premiere broadcast date of December 1, 2008, through November 30, 2009. Deadline for entries: noon on December 1. As usual, finalists will be named in mid-December, and winners will be announced during the awards celebration in LA at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on February 27, 2010.