(Hollywood, California--April 12, 2012) This upcoming weekend, April 14th - 15th, is the first time students of the Global Cinematography Institute will study, at Universal’s Virtual Stage 1, the subject which rarely, if ever, is taught in film schools – “Virtual Cinematography.” Distinguished cinematographer / SFX supervisor Sam Nicholson, ASC and Virtual Cinematography expert Ron Fisher will introduce to veteran and emerging cinematographers in the first session of “Expanded Cinematography” concepts of virtual cameras, virtual back lots, and how the use of Virtual Cinematography can save significant location expenses and production time.
The application process for the second session, starting May 12th, begins today on the Global Cinematography Institute website http://www.globalcinematography.com
The “Virtual Cinematography” class is the part of the new “Expanded Cinematography” program, which recently started at the Global Cinematography Institute. Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC call the combination of classic and virtual cinematography “Expanded Cinematography.” In the nearest future Cinematographers must be prepared to expand their leading roles in classical and virtual cinematography and eventually become not only Directors of Photography, but also Directors of Imagery.
“The goal of the Global Cinematography Institute,” Yuri Neyman, ASC says, “is to prepare cinematographers, whether postgraduate students or veteran filmmakers, to take advantage of on-going advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies.”
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, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Matthew Libatique, ASC, Sam Nicholson, ASC, image technology leaders Bob Kertesz and Bob Currier, Brian Pohl, Previsualization expert, Fred Durand, Digital Lighting specialist, leading colorists Doug Delaney and Michael Most, and Ron Fischer, Technical Director of Universal Virtual Stage 1.
The Expanded Cinematography classes include Advanced Lighting for Feature Films, Foundation of Lighting and Composition, Cinematography for Music Videos, Digital Lighting and Previsualization, Digital Cinematography and 3D Cinematography, Virtual Cinematography, On-Set Image Management, Postproduction Technology, The History of Cinematography & Photography, and more.
Students are very excited by the new opportunities to upgrade and enlarge their knowledge about the art of cinematography and new technologies. “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 Imaging Technician, Local 600, Hollywood)
For information about the Global Cinematography Institute go to http://www.globalcinematography.com