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New Session Begins at GCI


The Global Cinematography Institute (GCI) announced that the application process for the third session of its “Expanded Cinematography” course, which starts Sept. 22, is now open. The GCI was founded by Yuri Neyman, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC earlier this year.

“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,” wrote cinematographer/director J.P. Brennan, who just started the second course.

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 and The History of Cinematography and Photography.

“The Global Cinematography Institute is a revolution in education,” said Douglas Chase, producer and course one graduate. “More like an internship, it is an intimate tutorial by veteran filmmakers impressing their knowledge, secrets and experience to a new generation of filmmakers. Their aim is to elevate the cinematographer to ‘director of images.’ The baton is being passed.”

The first two sessions of the Global Cinematography Institute have been a great success, and the third session will offer a few changes.

In addition to its lineup of new technology classes and traditional cinematography disciplines, the GCI plans to start new courses called Cinematography For Directors, Understanding Optics and Cinematography for Independent Films.

“We plan to add the class Cinematography for Video Games in the near future,” Neyman said. “Cinematography is an art that requires the mastering of a constantly evolving craft. 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 in the Global Cinematography Institute 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; 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 Bob Currier; previsualization expert Brian Pohl; technology lecturer and writer Jay Holben; digital lighting specialist Fred Durand, and leading colorists Aaron Peak and Michael Most.

The Global Cinematography Institute has a standing-set specifically designed for it, which will enable teachers to instruct students in the most advanced and innovative lighting techniques.

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