Jonathan Freeman wins American Society of Cinematographers Award for “Valar Dohaeris”

The 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards were handed out this weekend and Jonathan Freeman took home the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour episodic television category for his work on the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones, “Valar Dohaeris”!

Freeman is no stranger in this category has he has previously taken home the statue for Homeland Security in 2005, and Boardwalk Empire in 2011 and 2012. Freeman is also the Director of Photography for the upcoming Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, so here’s hoping for a similar post in one year’s time and a fifth statue for Freeman!

For now, let’s take a look back at some gorgeous shots from the award winning episode:

Thanks to oracle86 for the news tip!


  • Ashara D,

    Here, here, and may he have been fortunate enough to get the best material to work with. Season 4’s gonna be amazing, but I still can’t shake the feeling we’ll get at least one “The Climb” or “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” as well (though some may say this particular episode was the lowpoint).

  • Who’s rabbit? Is it you WinterPhil? Why was my post deleted? Is this a conspiracy?

    At first I thought it was a new writer but then I entered Archives and I saw there are many posts by this “Lightbringer” so it is a name change… I wonder why.. Who are you? Reveal yourself!

  • Great stuff, ser Freeman.

    I’m sure filming schedules are staggered across each locale for each episode, but I wonder how he accomplishes this effort logistically for GoT? I’m assuming that he has a team of assistant cinematographers working each site and he approves/molds their ideas, or does he personally compose and outline each shot as specified by the director at each location? It would be amazing to see how he (along with the director) actually, or logistically, made that episode. Maybe the upcoming S3 DvDs will shed some light…

    Can’t wait for S4!

  • Lightbringer
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Not an overlord, a friend! I’m a huge (and very sullied) ASOIAF fan and good friends with the WiCnet/GOO crew, and have been told many great things about the community/readers. Very excited to join the party, we’ve got so much to look forward to with Season 4 and beyond.

    thats Lightbringer

  • Thanks for posting this article! We all know that Game of Thrones can boast of some incredible cinematography over the last couple of seasons, but it is nice for a member of the team to have his work validated by a body of his peers.

    @Hodor’s Bastard – There was this really great article about the cinematographers of Game of Thrones Season 2 in the May 2012 issue of the American Cinematographer. You can check out that article here –

    Don’t remember if there were any articles of a similar nature for Season 3 though.

  • We have so much to look forward too. I have a serious problem with depression. But tomorrow GOO starts ASOS, Season 3 on DVD is 10 days away, and exactly 2 months from today, we’ll all be watching the long awaited Season 4.
    How could anyone be depressed with such excitement.