Professor has extensive filmmaking experience

Sherwood (Woody) Omens, a professor and filmmaker who heads the cinematography program at the USC School of Cinema-Television, has been elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Omens said he plans to complete the work of his predecessors Owen Roizman (ASC prez in 1997) and Victor Kemper (ASC prez from 1991 to 1996), and “to develop educational initiatives designed to help keep our members and other filmmakers on the cutting edge of the convergence of film and digital technologies.”

Omens, who holds a master’s degree from USC, has extensive filmmaking experience, including documentaries, commercials and telefilms. He won three consecutive Emmys for telepics “An Early Frost” (1986), “Heart of the City” (1987) and “I Saw What You Did” (1988).

Joining Omens’ “cabinet” are Victor Kemper, first VP; Steven Poster, second VP; Laszlo Kovacs, third VP; Howard Anderson, treasurer; John Bailey, secretary; and Richard Glouner, sergeant at arms.

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