Canadian Society of Cinematographers

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Canadian Society of Cinematographers
Société canadienne des cinéastes
Abbreviation CSC / SCC
Founded 1957
Type Non-profit organization
Legal status active
Purpose promotion of cinematography, recognition of motion imaging professionals
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Canada
Members
800+
Official language
English, French
President
George Willis csc, sasc
Website http://www.csc.ca/

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers(CSC) (French: Société canadienne des cinéastes) is a non-profit Canadian trade organization with over 500 members whose mission is to promote the artistic creativity and required skills for cinematography. Members of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers have achieved National recognition for their work in various areas of film: feature films, documentaries, television series', specials and commercials. Fully accredited members to this society are permitted to put the letters C.S.C.or csc, after their names.

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers hosts an annual Awards Gala in Toronto, ON that recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian cinematographers. In 2017, they celebrated their 60th anniversary of the CSC Awards Gala.

History[edit]

The idea to form the Canadian Society of Cinematographers originated from the inspiration of four cameramen:[1] Herbert Alpert csc asc, M. Jackson-Samuels csc, Fritz Spiess csc and Bob Brooks csc. In 1957, the cameramen decided to create an organization specifically designated for the art of cinematography after crossing paths numerous times in the lobby of a film studio at Woodbine and Danforth in east-end Toronto.The society's goal was to be synonymous in Canada with the American Society of Cinematographers.

The Federal Government did not recognize the society as legitimate until 1960, when the Secretary of State made it official. The CSC served on the advisory committee for the Canadian Film Development Corporation which is now known as Telefilm Canada[2]

Mission[edit]

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers is a non-profit Canadian trade organization with over 500 members whose mission is to promote the artistic creativity and required skills for cinematography.

With Corporate Sponsorship and the help of leaders within the organization, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers fulfills its mission by:[3]

  • Training its active members
  • Educating its active members
  • Disseminating the latest information in technology and product to its active members

Organization[edit]

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers consists of:

  • One Canadian office located in Toronto, ON.
  • approximately 800+ members
  • volunteer positions, usually performed by its active members

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers has 7 members elected to their board of directors, who each possess unique qualities and skills that contribute to the organization.

The board of directors elects two individuals as chief officers, and they are:

  • President: George Willis csc, sasc
  • Executive officer: Susan Saranchuk[4]

Sponsorship[edit]

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of corporate sponsors in order to serve their membership.

Some of their sponsors include: AC Lighting Inc., Canon Canada Inc., Codes Pro-Media, Dazmo Camera, Fuji Film Canada, Henry's, Nikon Canada, Panasonic Canada, and Sony of Canada.

The full list of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers' corporate sponsors and contact information can be found on their website.[5]

Awards[edit]

Every year, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers hosts an Awards Gala in Toronto, ON to honour the works and achievement of Canadian cinematographers in the industry. In 2017, the CSC celebrated their 60th anniversary of the CSC Awards Gala[6] Their award categories are divided into sections, which are:[7]

  • Special Awards and Honours
  • Director of Photography Categories
  • Cinematographer Categories

Each section contains multiple awards that may be given out to recipients each year.[8]

Publications[edit]

In 1962, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers published a magazine called Canadian Cinematography,[9] whose name changed to Cinema Canada in 1967. In 1989, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers changed the name of their magazine from Cinema Canada to the current title which is now called Canadian Cinematographer[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.csc.ca/about/historyA/
  2. ^ Don Angus (2007). Promoting and Fostering The Art of Cinematography; In An Ever More Expansive Industry. Playback. p. 600.
  3. ^ http://www.csc.ca/about/csc/
  4. ^ http://www.csc.ca/about/directors/
  5. ^ http://www.csc.ca/connections/sponsors/
  6. ^ http://www.csc.ca/publications/2017/201705/IssueWeb201705.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.csc.ca/CSCawards/bycategory/
  8. ^ CTV National News, ["Two CTV News Cinematographers Have Been Honoured by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers"], CTV News, March 27, 1999
  9. ^ George Melnyk (2004). One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema. University of Toronto Press. p. 230. ISBN 9780802084446. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  10. ^ Cinema Canada