It’s an elite honorary association and membership is by invitation only and means you are good at what you do. Very good.
Director of Photography George Mooradian (“According to Jim,” “The Exes”) has enjoyed a successful career working on films, television shows and commercials as a camera operator and a renowned cinematographer, which lead to several Emmy Award nominations. Among his credits, operating for high-profile cinematographers such as Vittorio Storaro, ASC (Dick Tracy) served as the foundation for the look he brings to his work on many sit-com projects.
This month, American Cinematographer features a Q&A with Mooradian in the ASC Close-up. When asked what sparked his interest in photography, he responded, "Growing up in provincial Georgia and then being exposed to a vibrant, global culture in Montreal opened my eyes to escapism through photography." He talks about how he got his start working for Monroe Askins, ASC as a loader on the film House on Skull Mountain that was being filmed in Atlanta, Ga.
Along any cinematographers journey you learn key pieces of advice you never forget. For Mooradian it was given to him in an unusual place. “At the bottom of a silver mine in Park City, Utah, 1½ miles underground, Garland Wilde intoned, ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark.’ You can take that advice anywhere,” says Mooradian.
In 2010 Mooradian was recommended to become an elite member of the ASC by members Michael Goi, Ken Zunder, Bob Primes and Vilmos Zsigmond. “When I pull up to the ASC Clubhouse and the gate opens for me, I smile broadly,” says Mooradian. “It opened for me! I enter among giants; I enter among equals. A feeling of wholeness comes over me. Being invited into the yurt of cameramen creates a calmness and sense of peace. The ASC recognizes our eternal youth as cinematographers, and I must live fully … and with loyalty, progress and artistry.”
To read the entire interview, check out American Cinematographer.