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Lensers laud Hirschfeld

Honoree's credits include 'Frankenstein,' 'Favorite Year'

The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Gerald Hirschfeld to receive its President’s Award for his pioneering work in visual effects.

Hirschfeld’s credits include “Young Frankenstein,” “My Favorite Year,” “Cotton Comes to Harlem,” “Diary of a Mad Housewife” and “Fail-Safe.” Presentation will be made Feb. 18 at the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Century Plaza.

ASC prexy Owen Roizman noted Hirschfeld has been a member of the org for 55 years, making him the member with the most seniority.

Hirschfeld earned his first film credit in 1949 for “C-MAN,” a low-budget film produced in 11 days, and served as veepee at commercial production firm MPO Videotronics in the 1950s. He developed a traveling matte system utilizing infrared sensitive film and a three-strip Technicolor camera that was used to record backgrounds simultaneously with live-action footage on the negative.

He was also a filmmaker in residence at the Intl. Film & Video Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and authored the textbook “Image Control — Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques,” which won a prize for excellence from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.

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