The Irish Society of Cinematographers aims to promote and nurture the art and craft of Irish Cinematography. Membership to the Society is by invitation only. Its members work internationally on a wide range of Film, TV and Commercial work, and have received numerous acknowledgements for their work including multiple nominations and awards from the BSC (British Society of Cinematographers), ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), EMMY Creative Arts, BAFTA and ACADEMY awards, as well as Ireland's own IFTA awards (Irish Film and Television Academy).
FULL MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:
- Each potential member needs to have completed a substantial body of work which exhibits a very high standard of cinematography over a period of at least five years, demonstrating creativity and an appreciation of the art of cinema and more than just professional competence.
- Each potential member is required to be a working cinematographer and not retired, and in all cases should carry the main cinematography credit for the work presented for consideration.
- Each potential member will be required to submit three separate 10 minute examples of their work, with material drawn from Feature, TV Drama and Feature Documentary productions that have been aired, streamed, screened or released theatrically and generally made available to the public at the time of submission.
- Potential Full Members should be Irish citizens or have Irish residency and have lived and worked on the island of Ireland for a period of not less than three years prior to their proposal.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:
- Each Potential Associate Member must have completed a substantial body of work to a very high standard over a period of at least 10 years, demonstrating creativity and an appreciation of the art of cinema and more than just professional competence.
- Each Potential Associate Member is required to be a working Camera operator, 1st Assistant Camera Person, Key Grip, Gaffer, Colourist or DIT, or a specialist cinematographer (i.e Aerial or Underwater Cinematographer) who does not necessarily fit the requirements for Full ISC Membership. Associate Membership is reserved for the Cinematographers closest collaborators and membership is a recognition of their significant contribution to the art and craft of Irish Cinematography
- Associate Members should also be Irish citizens or have Irish residency and have lived and worked on the island of Ireland for a period of not less than three years prior to their proposal.
For both Full and Associate Membership potential members are proposed by an existing Full Member and considered by the board of Governors on a case by case basis.
The Society is led by a President and a Vice President, both of whom serve a 4 year term. They are supported by a Treasurer and a Board of Governors. A non-member general secretary provides logistical support.
The current leadership of the ISC is as follows:
President: Stephen Murphy
Vice President: Tim Fleming
Treasurer: Arthur Mulhern
Board of Governors:
General Secretary: John Leahy