Hollywood, Calif. - Michael Goi has been appointed as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).
“The members of ASC are committed to the ideals of the great cinematographers who created images for the classic movies we love," Goi says. "I remember being enormously touched when I saw The Graduate when I was 8 years old. I didn't recognize it then, but years later I appreciated how the artful use of light, shadows and composition by Robert Surtees, ASC served the story.
"When I became a member of ASC,” Goi continues, “I was surprised by how open and friendly everyone was. My heroes became my friends who openly shared their knowledge and feelings about filmmaking. There is an unbreakable camaraderie which I treasure."
Goi says that the current generation of ASC members remains dedicated to the vision of the founders who were devoted to advancing the art and craft of filmmaking.
"We are partnering with the Producers Guild of America (PGA) on a groundbreaking assessment of film and digital cameras that are currently used during the production of theatrical motion pictures," Goi says. "We are also collaborating with other organizations, including a previsualization subcommittee with the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and Visual Effects Society (VES), designed to help drive the industry toward a higher quality bar for the art and craft of moving images."
Goi studied filmmaking at Columbia College in Chicago. He began shooting PBS documentaries while he was still in college. Goi earned his first narrative film credit for Moonstalker in 1987. He received ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards nominations for the telefilms The Fixer (1999) and Judas (2005). Last year, Goi also gained an Emmy nomination for an episode of “My Name is Earl.”
The other officers are vice presidents Richard Crudo, Owen Roizman, and Victor J. Kemper; treasurer Matthew Leonetti; secretary Rodney Taylor; and sergeant at arms John C. Flinn, III.