The Cinema Camera Club of New York and the Static Camera Club of America in Hollywood are organized. Among their accomplishments: diagnosis of the problem of “hot spots” on film caused by static electricity and the proposal of a solution.
The American Society of Cinematographers founded by 15 members from both clubs. William S. Hart and Mary Pickford are the first producers to put the letters ASC after the cinematographer’s name in screen credits.
First issue of American Cinematographer published in newsletter form.
First Academy Awards ceremony held on May 16 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; first Oscars for best cinematography go to Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for “Sunrise.”
ASC purchases former residence of film star Conrad Tearle in Hollywood and holds its first meeting in the new “ASC Clubhouse” on Feb. 28.
Separate Oscars are awarded for color and black-and-white films for the first time. Gregg Toland receives an Oscar for black-and-white “Wuthering Heights.” Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan share an Oscar for color film “Gone With the Wind.”
On March 7, the Television Academy gives its first award for best direction of photography to Lester Shorr for 1954 series “Medic.”
First edition of the “American Cinematographer Manual” (“the cameraman’s bible”) is printed.
First ASC Awards for outstanding achievement in cinematography held at ASC Clubhouse on Feb. 28. Jordan Cronenweth wins for “Peggy Sue Got Married.”
ASC Technology Committee formed.
ASC hosts a groundbreaking ceremony on May 7, launching the renovation of its clubhouse.