Co-founders of the Global Cinematography Institute Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC, along with other teachers and graduated students announced an open meeting with members of the industry at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, Sept. 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss changes happening at the GCI and in the industry.
According to cinematographer/director J.P. Brennan, a graduate of Course 1 and 2, “What really separates Global Cinematography Institute from other schools and programs is the fact that the information we received was constantly put into context for its practical application.”
For the 2012-2013 school year, which starts Sept. 22, new courses will be added to the curriculum of expanded cinematography, including cinematography in video games, virtual lighting and previsualization, and vinematography for small budget/indie films. In order to create better-rounded students who understand the industry they are about to enter, GCI announced moderate and micro budget production course – a real world case study on economical production. These new classes provide students with a unique opportunity as a filmmaker/cinematographer to prepare for the job market in the current Hollywood economic climate.
“Cinematography is an art that requires the mastering of a constantly evolving craft,” said Neyman. “Our goal is to prepare cinematographers to take advantage of ongoing advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies.”
Beside Zsigmond and Neyman, other teaching participants at GCI include cinematographers Affonso Beato, ASC, Bruno Delbonell, ASC, AFC, Chris Probst, Daniel Pearl, ASC, Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC, David Stump, ASC, Geoff Boyle, FBKS, James Chressanthis, ASC, James Mathers, founder of Digital Cinema Society, Matthew Libatique, ASC, Sam Nicholson, ASC, Ron Fischer, virtual cinematography expert and technical director of Universal Virtual Stage 1, image technology specialists Bob Kertesz and Aaron Peak, previsualization expert Brian Pohl, technology lecturer and writer Jay Holben and virtual lighting specialist Fred Durand.
Global Cinematography Studios features a standing-set specifically designed for the lighting classes, which will enable teachers to instruct students in the most advanced and innovative techniques. The GCI Studios at the Joe Blasco Stage is a state-of-the-art production facility in the Los Feliz area of Hollywood. This unique facility is the home of MUATV.com, and is a fully equipped rental studio for both film and television.