Curtis Clark was raised in Texas. He majored in theatre directing at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama and cinematography at the London Film School. After graduating from film school, he began his career in Great Britain by shooting and directing documentary and short dramatic films, including the award winning films, Cruisin’ for which he was director/DP and the feature documentary Blue Suede Shoes which he directed. Other highly notable documentary film credits include Thy Kingdon Come, Thy Will Be Done which won an IDA award for Documentary of the Year.
Clark's feature cinematography credits include such artful narrative films as The Draughtsman’s Contract, Dominick and Eugene, Alamo Bay, Extremities and Triumph of the Spirit. Clark’s TV commercial credits as a cinematographer are extensive and include work with cutting-edge directors and advertising agencies requiring a range of visual styles. Clark has had considerable experience with the new digital imaging technologies and has been in the forefront of their implementation within the production/postproduction workflow.
Clark is chairman of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee, a key film industry forum that investigates emerging digital imaging technologies that are redefining filmmaking practice. Since it‘s inception in 2003, The ASC Technology Committee under Clark’s leadership has achieved notable successes including its collaborative work with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) to produce standardized motion picture test material for evaluating the performance of digital projectors and other elements of digital cinema systems. Amongst its multiple initiatives, the ASC Technology Committee has been working on a groundbreaking project to create cross platform data exchange for primary RGB digital color grading referred to as the ASC CDL (Color Decision List). Version 1.3 has just been released and broad based Industry implementation is well advanced.
Clark is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.