Kees Van Oostrum, ASC was born and raised in Amsterdam. Van Oostrum went on to study at the Dutch Film Academy with an emphasis on both directing and cinematography. After graduating with Honors he received a scholarship sponsored by the Dutch government which enabled him to enroll the American Film Institute (AFI). That experience broadened his perspective. After graduating from AFI, receiving his MFA in film studies, Van Oostrum has subsequently compiled an eclectic range of some 60 credits, including movies for television and the cinema, and occasional documentaries.
He shot the Emmy®-winning documentary The Last Chance, and earned additional Emmy nominations for the telefilms Miss Rose White and Return to Lonesome Dove. His peers chose the latter for the 1994 ASC Outstanding Achievement Award for cinematography in a television movie. Van Oostrum has earned other ASC Award nominations for the television films The Burden of Proof, Medusa’s Child and Spartacus.
His diverse body of work includes the history-based feature films Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.