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Sight, Sound & Story's 2020 event series format is moving online.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sight, Sound & Story has delayed its live in-person events (June's Post Summit & November's The Art of Cinematography) until 2021.  Until that time the event series is launching a live online monthly event series.  This series will feature unique guests and subjects that will vary between editing, cinematography, and all aspects of filmmaking.  These live events will give attendees a chance to ask questions and even win raffle prizes from our sponsors.  Most importantly, these events will be live and free to the public.

Sight, Sound & Story: Live "Behind the Lens with John Simmons, ASC"

Moderator: Snehal Patel (Director, ZEISS Cine Sales, Americas)

Speaker: John Simmons, ASC (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn, Family Reunion, Pair of Kings)

Inside Episode II:  An Emmy-winning cinematographer and celebrated photographer, John Simmons, ASC has had an illustrious career which spans nearly four decades.  During this conversation, Johnny will reflect on the opportunities that led him on this upward trajectory in the film industry.  Learn how other art mediums, such as painting, informed his lighting techniques on-set as a cinematographer, as we examine some of his earlier television work.  We will also discuss the importance of mentorship – Johnny’s guidance has impacted many up-and-coming filmmakers working today – and his role on the ASC Vision Committee, which promotes the advancement of underrepresented cinematographers and film community at large. 

Moderated by ZEISS Cine Sales Director Snehal Patel.

When: August 19th, 2020

Time: 5PM EST / 2PM PST

General Admission:  FREE!!









Snehal Patel is a film and television professional with over two decades of experience creating content and adapting new technology. He started the first Canon Bootcamp in Los Angeles during the Canon 5D DSLR craze and has over twenty years of experience in cinema. Snehal has lived and worked in Chicago, Mumbai and Los Angeles as a freelance Producer & Director. He was a camera technical salesperson at ARRI, and currently works as the Sales Manager for Cine at ZEISS.  He represents the Americas for ZEISS and is proud to call Hollywood his home.


John Simmons, ASC, won the Best Cinematography Emmy® for the Nickelodeon multi-camera series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn and has three additional Emmy nominations. He has worked behind the camera since the early 1970’s shooting documentaries, music videos, commercials and features. Simmons’s introduction to television began with movies made for TV including The Killing Yard, The Ruby Bridges Story, Selma Lord Selma and numerous independent and network documentaries on PBS, Showtime and HBO. His first multi-camera primetime show was The Hughleys, which began an illustrious career in multi-camera sitcoms. He was an adjunct professor in the Television/Film and Theater Department at UCLA for twenty-five years and continues to mentor many up-and-coming cinematographers. He is presently filming shows for Netflix.

John studied art at Fisk University and cinematography at the University of Southern California. He served as vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in 2017 and 2018. His photographs are in the permanent collections at the Harvard Art Museum, High Museum of Fine Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, and the Wesley and Missy Cochran Foundation.

*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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