Kees Van Oostrum
Kees Van Oostrum, ASC studied at the Dutch Film Academy with an emphasis on both directing and cinematography. After graduating with Honors, he received a scholarship for the American Film Institute and graduated with an MFA in 1982.
As a cinematographer Van Oostrum has subsequently compiled an eclectic range of some 80 credits, including Emmy award winning movies for television and the cinema. and occasional documentaries. His diverse body of work includes the history-based classic feature films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.
As a producer he has been responsible for the films: “CHRISTINA”, , starring Stephen Lang and Nicky Aycox , “DARK HEARTS” , Starring Sonja Kinski, Lucas Till and Goran Visnic and “A PERFECT MAN”, starring Liev Schreiber, Jean Tripplehorn and Louise Fletcher.
Currently president of the American Society of Cinematographers in Los Angeles.
For the ASC he initiated and oversees the Masterclass program since 2015. It has educated over 3000 students in the USA and internationally to the highest degree of cinematography. Mr. van Oostrum has also conducted various classes at Drexel University, AFI, and The Main Photographic Workshop and the Beijing film Academy. He is currently a tenured professor in film studies at the Shenzhen University mainland China.
Besides his career as a director of photography, Mr. Van Oostrum built and managed two companies from the ground up: Aerocrane: founded in 1995 based in the Netherlands, manufacturing state of the art Camera Cranes (Aerocrane), Remote Heads (Aerohead) and Motion Control (Zebra). Cinegear; a Los Angeles based yearly trade show serving the motion picture industry, founded in 2000.
Majority shareholder of: Moving Pictures: A lighting and grip rental company in Salt Lake Utah (yearly gross $2.1 million)
Minority shareholder: Lucky Cam: camera rental house in Brussels, Belgium. (yearly gross $2 million)
In the non-profit sector: Mr. Van Oostrum was elected President of the American Society of Cinematographers in 2016. He brought the ASC from a gross income of $3.2 million with a $400k negative balance in 2016, to a $5.9 million gross in 2018 with a positive balance, mainly through means of restructuring finances adding a strong educational objective and expanding web presence and publications in Asia. To date he further acquired $2.5 million in grants and donations for an educational center - a new building project on the ASC campus - supporting archiving and heritage projects. The most current effort is a 10 million dollar fund, to build and operate a Visual Technology Research Center for the ASC, funded by Netflix, Apple, Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal Studios.
His current focus is on Asia to develop various educational projects in the motion picture industry and consult on infra-structure. Current business relations are with Alibaba, Huatse, Arri China, Cinerent and most recently the government of Mongolia.