Curtis Clark, Cinematographer, ASC Technology Committee
Curtis Clark, ASC studied theater directing at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama and cinematography at the London Film School. After graduation, he began his career by shooting and directing numerous documentary films in Britain before transitioning to shooting feature films. His most notable documentary films as director include British Hustle, Cruisin’, Shut Down and Blue Suede Shoes.
Clark’s narrative feature film cinematography credits include such critically acclaimed films as The Draughtsman’s Contract; Dominick and Eugene; Alamo Bay; Extremities and Triumph of the Spirit. He started shooting television commercials in the early 90s, which put him on the forefront of the digital/film frontier. He has continued adding to his many commercial credits working as cinematographer as well as director. Following on the success of his narrative short film, The Arrival, which he wrote, photographed and directed, Clark more recently completed his highly praised narrative short film, Eldorado, which he also wrote, photographed and directed for Sony. Clark has just completed his latest dramatic narrative short film, Meridian, for Netflix which he directed and co-wrote with James Harmon Brown.
Clark is a Board of Governors member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and is chairman of the ASC Technology Committee, an important motion picture industry forum that both investigates and influences the development of emerging digital imaging technologies that impact creative filmmaking practice. Since its inception in 2003, The ASC Technology Committee under Clark’s leadership has achieved a series of notable successes including its collaborative work with Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) to produce standardized evaluation of digitally projected motion picture images for assessing the performance of digital projectors and other elements of DCI standards-based digital cinema systems.
Amongst its multiple initiatives, the ASC Technology Committee, at Clark’s instigation, embarked on the development of a groundbreaking project to create cross platform data exchange for primary RGB digital color grading, referred to as the ASC CDL (Color Decision List). Clark received a Motion Picture Academy Technical Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing the ASC CDL which has also been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a prestigious Prime Time EMMY Engineering Award. In addition, Clark has been actively involved with the development of ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) initiated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Clark is recipient of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award for outstanding creative and technical achievement.
Clark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Directors Guild of America.