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Rodney Charters Honored with ASC Career Achievement in Television Award

HDSLR Pioneer ASC, CSC Charters Recognized by ASC

Charters at the Canon Booth at NAB 2010

Charters at the Canon Booth at NAB 2010

One needs only glance at Rodney Charters’, ASC, CSC, accomplishments, and it is clear why the Society of American Cinematographers chose to recognize him.  

Charters has a lineage of television credits dating back to the 80’s including “The Commish” “Nash Bridges” “Mantis” “Roswell” the reboot of the “Dallas” just to name a few.  Most of us in the world of HDSLR became familiar with Charters late as DP of the Fox series, “24”.

It was on the series, “24” where Rodney introduced the world of episodic television to the 5D Mark II.  This was remarkable because at the time, no one was using it for high-end, Hollywood productions.  To trust such a production to a mere still camera, was not just innovative it was risky, and it was bold.  Not only did Charters use the 5D for Action shots, he used is in incredible ways taking advantage of its size, weight and cost. Here is a prime example of his risk taking in action:

Beyond championing DSLR technology for professional applications, Charters has gone on to speak whenever asked sharing his experiences with HDSLRs pros and novices alike.  His willingness to give of himself in this way in the opinion of this writer make him an outstanding human being as well.  Many times in this industry, extraordinary career success doesn’t necessarily equate to being an extraordinary person, but in this case, they are one in the same.  Congratulations Rodney — You deserve it!

To find out more about Charters, check out his IMDB page here:

Check out this interview from Jared Abrams:

This one is from Collision Conference back in 2009:

Check out the coverage of the ASC Awards from Sound & Picture: