Donald M. Morgan, ASC will receive the first American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Career Achievement in Television Award. He will be feted at the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration here on February 18, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Morgan has earned five Emmy® Awards for his artful cinematography on the television movies SOMETHING THE LORD MADE, OUT OF THE ASHES, MISS EVERS‘ BOYS, GERONIMO and MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, with four additional nominations for FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY, THE SIEGE AT RUBY RIDGE, DOUBLECROSSED and ELVIS. He has also claimed top honors in the television movie/miniseries/pilot category in the ASC Awards competition for THE SIEGE AT RUBY RIDGE, GERONIMO, DILLINGER, and MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, along with two nominations for OUT OF THE ASHES and FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY: THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY.
“Donald Morgan is an innovative and talented artist who has set the standard for artful visual storytelling in the movies that television brings into almost every home in the United States,” says Russ Alsobrook, ASC, who is chairman of the organization‘s Awards Committee. “He has earned the admiration of his peers who believe artistic television cinematography deserves the same respect as films made for the cinema.”
The cinematographer has compiled some 70 narrative film credits, including such memorable theatrical features as the romantic comedy SHEILA LEVINE IS DEAD AND LIVING IN NEW YORK, the horror movie CHRISTINE, and the sci-fi adventure film STARMAN.
Morgan apprenticed with Nelson Tyler on aerial cinematography projects during the early 1960s. He earned opportunities to work as an assistant cameraman for Tyler, who did second unit aerial cinematography on CATCH-22, THE GRADUATE and many other classic films. After a short apprenticeship, Morgan became an aerial cinematographer.
In 1969, Morgan was one of about 100 filmmakers who invested $100 each to produce WIN, PLACE OR STEAL. He shot the film, which was released in 1975.
His next feature was SANTEE, a 1973 Western starring Glenn Ford. After Sid Furie saw that film, he brought Morgan onboard to lens a mainstream Hollywood feature, SHEILA LEVINE IS DEAD AND LIVING IN NEW YORK. The cinematographer‘s work on that film got Sidney Poitier‘s attention. Morgan subsequently collaborated with Poitier who directed LET‘S DO IT AGAIN and A PIECE OF THE ACTION.
In 1976, he shot SERPICO: THE DEADLY GAME, the pilot for the popular episodic series about a New York City cop. Joseph Sargent was so impressed with his work that the director hired Morgan to shoot AMBER WAVES in 1980.
Morgan and Sargent recently collaborated on their 10th co-venture. SYBIL is a remake of a classic 1976 television movie about a woman with a severe multiple personality disorder. It will premiere on the CBS-TV network in the spring.
Morgan has also shot 13 films with Roger Young at the helm, including the critically acclaimed MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI and DOUBLECROSSED, THE SEIGE AT RUBY RIDGE and GERONIMO.
“I have been lucky to work on so many great stories with artful and courageous directors,” says Morgan.
The ASC was organized in January 1919. There are some 280 ASC members from many nations today, and 170 associate members from allied sectors of the industry. For information about the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, call 323-969-4333 or visit