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Dean Semler's Big Night Out

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Dean Semler ASC ACS, Angelina Jolie

If you've never heard the sound of 1500 people standing and applauding at one time, then you should have been at the ASC Awards last Sunday in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to attend and witness all those people applauding our very own Dean Semler ACS ASC when he was presented with his ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. It was such a proud moment and I detected a tear in Dean's eye, although it was difficult to really tell, because I certainly had a tear in mine.

To make it even sweeter, Oscarģ-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS who earned an Oscar and an ASC Award for Kevin Costnerís DANCES WITH WOLVES (1991). In 2007, his work on Mel Gibsonís APOCALYPTO earned him a second ASC Award nomination. Semlerís nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as CITY SLICKERS, LAST ACTION HERO, WATERWORLD, THE BONE COLLECTOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS, THE ALAMO, SECRETARIAT, Angelina Jolieís directorial debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY and the upcoming MALEFICENT.

Celebrating with Dean were his wife Annie, daughter Ingrid and her husband along with many other Aussies including; Mandy Walker ACS ASC, Greig Fraser ACS, Peter Levy ACS ASC, Steve Mason ACS, Mark Gollnicht, Brad Shield ACS, Richard Merriman, David Knight ACS, Paul Jackson, Martin Cayzer, Ron Johanson ACS and many others.

At the end of a wonderful evening Dean caught the red eye back to New Orleans for an 8.00am call, and spent the day working off a tracking vehicle in the freezing rain! You gotta love it!!!

Congratulations Dean, all of us at the ACS are so incredibly proud of you.

Ron Johanson ACS, National President.

Brad Shield ACS, Dean Semler ASC ACS, Andrew Rowlands, Mark Goellnicht


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