Cinematography candidate Weaver-Madsen wins ASC's "Student Heritage Award"

American Society of Cinematographers honors the profession's best


MFA Cinematographer Dagmar Weaver-Madsen received an ASC William A. Fraker Student Heritage Award at the 25th annual American Society of Cinematographers celebration on Sunday. Weaver-Madsen shared the stage at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom with acclaimed cinematographers Wally Pfister ("Inception"), Jonathan Freeman ("Boardwalk Empire") and Stephen Windon ("The Pacific").

“No one at UCLA is surprised by the ASC's recognition of Dagmar's work,” says Tom Denove, Vice Chair and Head of Production in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. “She has been a superstar from day one. This is just another step in her journey to becoming a very successful Hollywood cinematographer. I am so proud of her as an artist and as a woman working in a very male-dominated industry.”

Professor William McDonald, Head of the Cinematography program, agrees: “Dagmar is a unique talent: an innovative, visual storyteller with camera and light who understands narrative structure. She is a passionate filmmaker who has demonstrated a one-of-a-kind mastery of her craft. Recognition by the ASC with this award is to be acknowledged by the best image-makers working in the industry today.

Weaver-Madsen was also the recipient of the Panavision Award in Cinematography at the UCLA Festival of New Creative Work 2010. Both awards were conferred for her work on the TFT thesis film “The Absence,” written and directed by Alex De Mille MFA ’10.

“Dagmar is an incredibly creative collaborator,” De Mille says. “She has a keen eye for beautiful and evocative images, and an instinctual understanding of how the cinematographer functions as storyteller in tandem with the director and actors. The film would not be what it is without her considerable talent.”