Global Cinematography Institute

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Global Cinematography Institute

About Global Cinematography Institute

The Global Cinematography Institute (GCI) is devoted to the educational steps towards the extension of the cinematographer’s profession into the digital and virtual based creative realms.

The goal of the course is to take students to the next level and put them in a position to compete successfully in the crowded job market. We also provide instruction, a “tool kit”, for the beginning and continuation of meaningful and effective careers as cinematographers in today’s fast, ever-changing, contemporary world with art and technology.

The Global Cinematography Institute Expanded Cinematography® curriculum is a collection of three courses taught in progression and when completed, students will be able to present themselves as a Director of Photography capable of creating moving, unique and complex imagery.

GCI Co-Founders:

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC

Expanded Cinematography Courses:

Upcoming Sessions:

  • May Session (May 14 - May 27) in Los Angeles
  • July Session (July 23 - Aug 5) in Los Angeles
  • Level 1 Sessions Occur Every 1.5 to 2 Months

    About Level 1:

    In Level 1, you will be exposed to all eleven of our uniquely designed classes to gain an understanding of how all topics are interconnected. Understanding how the Camera captures images has an effect on how you Light (i.e., dynamic range). How you light has an effect on how the image can be manipulated by the DIT or Post with Image Management. How you use the camera and light has profound impact on Visual Effects, and can be used creatively in combination with Virtual Lighting and Virtual Cinematography camera tools, all of which have been designed through Previs -- it is all interconnected!

    As part of Level 1, all GCI Students participate in Practical Lighting Workshops on the GCI Soundstage using industry standard equipment. Each student is assigned a lighting scenario, and has 90 min to execute the setup, with a full crew of classmates! We screen the Dailies and GCI Co-Founder Yuri Neyman, ASC gives his feedback.

    Unlike other film school programs, all of GCI's Faculty are currently active working professionals, constantly earning achievement in their particular fields. Many teachers are active members of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and also include Oscar-winners, Emmy-winners, Lighting & Camera Union Members, and more. In GCI Level 1 you will learn what is happening now in cinematography, and not dwell in the past with antiquated lesson plans.

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    Special Guests for May, Level 1 Session:

    "Cinematic Style - Lighting for Feature Films" with Oscar Winner Dean Semler, ASC, ACS

    Study Lighting Theory and Technique with the Oscar Winner for "Dances with Wolves"- Apply Today!

    Academy Award-Winning Australian Director of Photography Dean Semler, ASC, ACS returns to Global Cinematography Institute as a Guest Instructor for "Lighting for Feature Films" during Level 1 May Session. Students at GCI will have a great opportunity to learn from one of the most distinguished DPs, with a tremendous list of credits, at the next session of Expanded Cinematography®! Watch our Exclusive Video with Dean Semler, ASC, ACS about how he made the transition from Film to Digital.

    "Collaborations in Expanded Cinematography - Lighting for Feature Films" with Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC

    Two-time Oscar Nominee Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC to highlight his collaboration with Director Michael Mann- Apply Today!

    Multiple award winning Italian DP Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC to join the May Level 1 Session of Expanded Cinematography. With credits such as L.A. Confidential, The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Public Enemies and more, Dante's career has spanned many decades, bringing an immense amount of valuable career insight to students of GCI! Apply Today to study under two-time Oscar Nominee Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC

    "The Art of Light and Dark" Special Class at the Getty Museum

    Artist, Art Historial and Museum Educator Zhenya Gershman to lead Special Level 1 Course - Apply Today!

    Cinematography has a history of "adopting" visual elements from the other more established art forms, and as such, it is vital for Cinematographers to study works of art from all eras and mediums to gain further visual inspirtation, and begin to "adopt" techniques from the masters. During this Special Level 1 Course, students will have a private guided tour of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Apply Today to study the History of Art with Zhenya Gershman.

    "Practical Previs for Expanded Cinematographers"

    With Guest Instructor, DP Matt Workman -- founder of "Cinematography Database" and Creator of "Cine Designer" - Apply Today!

    Learn the latest technology bridging traditional Cinematography with 3D Virtual Previs, through the tools and technique being created by Matt Workman, called "Cine Designer". Through this "remote" class, students will be able to apply the latest technology to established methods of Previs. Apply Today to study "Practical Previs" with Matt Workman.

    Classes Offered in Level 1:

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    Article by GCI Guest Instructor, DP Matt Workman about the growth of Virtual Production and Previs, and how it affects DPs.

    Article by GCI Instructor, DP Agent Steven Jacobs about what DPs need to be better prepared for a meaningful career.

    Exclusive Interview with Three-time Oscar Winner and GCI Advisory Board Member Robert Richardson, ASC.

    Interview with GCI Guest Instructor Ed Lachman, ASC about his Oscar-Nominated work on the film "Carol".

    Roundtable Discussion with GCI Guests and ASC Members, including Vilmos Zsigmond and Haskell Wexler, speaking on the Vilmos' own cinematic and personal legacy in early 2015.

    Exclusive Interview with GCI Guest Instructor, Pixar Cinematographer Sharon Calahan, ASC about how she is able to apply elements of traditional Cinematography to the Animation realm.

    Exclusive Interview with GCI Guest Instructor, Oscar Winner Dean Semler, ASC, ACS covering all aspects of his long career in Cinematography.

    Exclusive Interview with Friend of GCI, Three-time Oscar Winner Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC in a wide-ranging conversation with GCI Co-Founder Yuri Neyman, ASC.

    Global Cinematography Newsletter - Read More:

    In this Issue: Announcing New Guest Instructor for May Session - DP Matt Workman, founder of Cinematography Database and Creator of Cine Designer.

    In this Issue: Exclusive Article by DP Agent, GCI Instructor Steven Jacobs. New Video with Guest Instructor Dean Semler, ASC, ACS about shooting two Mad Max films.

    In this Issue: Interview with Newest GCI Advisory Board Member, three-time Oscar Winner Robert Richardson, ASC. Updates on new classes, guests and opportunities in GCI Level 1 May Session.

    In this Issue: New Course at GCI Level 1, "History of Art and Cinematography" at the Getty Museum. New Video with Guest Instructor Dean Semler, ASC, ACS about his Oscar-winning work on "Dances with Wolves".

    In this Issue: Read our article about the "State of Expanded Cinematography" so far in 2016. Also announcing new Guest Instructors for GCI May Session.

    In this Issue: Oscar Winner Dean Semler, ASC, ACS and Oscar Nominee Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC to join Level 1, May Session!

    In this Issue: See the work of our students from Level 2, March Session. Roundup of our Video Interview Series now live on the GCI YouTube Channel.

    In this Issue: Screening of "Liquid Sky" shot by GCI Co-Founder Yuri Neyman, ASC on 3/27 in Los Angeles. Photo highlights from Level 2, March Session.

    In this Issue: Announcing our newest Student Grant - the "GCI Founders Award". Photo Recap from Level 1, February Session.

    In this Issue: New Guest Instructors Chris Probst and Autum Durald to join GCI Level 2, March Session. Latest video with Guest Instructor Bradford Young, ASC.

    In this Issue: Announcing New Level 1, July 2016 Session in Los Angeles. New Video with Guest Instructor Bradford Young, ASC.

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