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Cinematographers Prepare for Expanded Role as Directors of Imagery

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2012

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC call the combination of classic and virtual cinematography “Expanded Cinematography.” They and their colleagues held last week the first “Expanded Cinematography” demo classes offered by the Global Cinematography Institute that on the Virtual Stage One at Universal Studios. It proved a success: based on a survey (including veteran and emerging cinematographers who participated), classes have a 93.08% approval rate.

Regular classes – the first session of the first course (out of four) – will start at the Universal Studios stage on March 17th. The application process is starting today on the Global Cinematography Institute website

Students are very excited by the new opportunities to upgrade and enlarge their knowledge about the art of cinematography and new technologies. All of their responses have been very positive: “At the Global Cinematography demo class, I feel history was made. Hearing the professionals talk about their passions was a true inspiration” (Lawrence Ribeiro, camera operator); “The faculty and curriculum Yuri and Vilmos created is unique and invaluable. The amount of knowledge and experience they will bring to the program will undoubtedly bring the role of the cinematographer to another level” (Michal Dabal, Cinematographer, AFI graduate, class 2010); “The depth and breadth of subjects to be covered will become invaluable in my career moving forward. The GCI is not just about theory. It is about history, real world experience, and hands on learning. An opportunity hard to pass up. (Tim Sutherland, Digital Images Technician, Local 600, Hollywood)

“The goal of the Global Cinematography Institute,” Yuri Neyman says, “is to prepare cinematographers like postgraduate students and veteran filmmakers to take advantage of on-going advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies.”

“Cinematography is an art which requires mastering a constantly evolving craft,” continues Vilmos Zsigmond. “In order to learn new technology, people have to understand principles of the old technology. We go back to the beginning and teach the history of cinematography and the best way to use new technology to make movies. We can’t afford to forget the rules of filmmaking.

Yuri Neyman, ASC first came up with the idea of the Institute nearly three years ago when he was teaching course of History of Cinematography, a class he created at the AFI. Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC had also taught for many years a very successful master class in cinematography at the Budapest Film Seminar. Both Neyman and Zsigmond agreed that a great deal of cinematography knowledge was not being transmitted and that cinematographers need to be ready to handle the influx of digital tools on set.

The solution – how both Vilmos and Yuri see it – is to train people who could eventually be transformed from traditional Directors of Photography into the new category of Directors of Imagery. Professionals trained in both live and virtual cinematography that could be evenly versatile in computers, cinematography, and the artistic visual side of films and video games.

The Expanded Cinematography classes include Advanced Lighting for Feature Films, Cinematography for Music Videos, Digital Lighting and Previsualization, Digital Cinematography and 3-D Cinematography, Virtual Cinematography, On The Set Image Management, Postproduction Technology, The History of Cinematography & Photography, and more.

Other participants in the Global Cinematography Institute include cinematographers Affonso Beato, ASC, Bruno Delbonell, ASC, AFC, Daniel Pearl, ASC, Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC, David Stump, ASC, Geoff Boyle, FBKS, James Chressanthis, ASC, James Mathers, DSC, Janusz Kaminski, Sam Nicholson, ASC and image technology leaders Bob Kertesz, Bob Currier, Brian Pohl (co-founder of the Previs Society), director Dean Parisot (“Fun with Dick and Jane”, “Galaxy Quest” and others), digital lighting specialist Fred Durand, Michael Most, colorist/technologist, and the Technical Director of the Universal Virtual Stage Ron Fischer.

For information about the Global Cinematography Institute go to ( and to the facebook page of Global Cinematography Institute.

3349 Cahuenga Blvd. West – Suite 1 – Universal City, CA 90068 – 323-436-7583 – laoffice(at)globalcinematography(dot)com –


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