May 27, 2017

Kudos For Caleb Deschanel

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Caleb Deschanel, ASC will step out from behind the camera into the limelight when he receives a lifetime achievement award from his peers in the American Society of Cinematographers. The presentation will be made during the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century in Los Angeles on February 27, 2010.

Guess who will present the award to Deschanel. Hint: Their initials are E.D. and Z.D.

His life story (so far) has kind of a storybook quality. Maybe someone should make a movie. Deschanel was born in Philadelphia. His family moved to Annapolis when he was 11. He enrolled at John Hopkins University as a science and math major. Two of his teachers sparked his interest in filmmaking when they organized screenings of French and Italian New Wave cinema films. Deschanel transferred to USC when he majored in filmmaking and instinctively focussed on cinematography.

Soon after completing his education at AFI, Deschanel earned his first cinematography credit for The Black Stallion in 1979. He quickly became a rising star in the gallaxy of cinematographers. Deschanel married actress Mary Jo Deschanel. He put his feature film career on hold for about eight years and concentrated on directing and shooting commercials when their daughters Emily and Zooey were too old to take out of school on location. Deschanel has earned Oscar nominations The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ.

Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel have followed their mother’s career path. They are both successful actresses. Emily also co-produces the hit television series Bones.

Guess who will present the award to Deschanel. Hint: Their initials are E.D. and Z.D.

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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