Caleb Deschanel, who has been nominated for Oscars for his cinematography in such films at The Right Stuff (1984), The Natural (1985), The Patriot (2001) and The Passion of the Christ (2005), will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, to be held in Los Angeles next February.
Richard Crudo, ASC, chair of the ASC’s Awards Committee says of Deschanel “[He] is still on the cutting edge of his remarkable career. He has shot and directed documentaries and many commercials in addition to wonderful narrative films. Every one of his endeavors has been an exercise in exploring a new frontier.”
Deschanel, who has been mentored by such cinematographers as Haskell Wexler and Gordon Willis, was a student at the University of Southern California, and earned a fellowship at the American Film Institute. Deschanel states “I am learning every time I shoot a frame of film. When I’m not learning, I will know it’s time to quit. I didn’t get involved in filmmaking just as entertainment. Movies can inspire us to be better human beings.”
To learn more about the ASC, visit http://www.theasc.com.