Global Cinematography Institute

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Global Cinematography Institute




"I continue to be overwhelmed by the quality of education and engagement provided by the Global Cinematography Institute. I had established a connection with a powerful ally and network of likeminded professionals backed by a robust curriculum that is second to none!"

- J.Andy Moreno, Cinematographer (Graduate of Level 1 and 2)


  • Stage LightingLearn how to lead a crew and become a better visual storyteller at GCI "Expanded Cinematography" Courses!
  • GCI Founding Partner Yuri Neyman, ASCLearn concepts and techniques for modern cinematography and image making - "Expanded Cinematography"
  • Learn from the BestSpecial workshops with elite working cinematographers, such as Dean Cundey, ASC (pictured).
  • Virtual CinematographyStudy new technology affecting Cinematographers in the areas of Previs and Virtual Camera work.
  • Practical Camera and Lighting ExperienceGCI Faculty Member Jay Holben (pictured) conducts camera and optics evaluations as part of GCI Level 2: Digital Cinematography
  • Expand Your Professional Network at GCIStudy the next generation of image making, with a group of like-minded individuals and faculty at the top of their field!
  • Hands On InstructonGain hands-on experience at Global Cinematography Institute using the latest Digital Technologies!
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"I think GCI has pushed me to strive for even higher quality images, to explore new technologies and to think differently about the role of the cinematographer. It is very clear that the gap between traditional filmmaking and ever expanding virtual filmmaking is wide and needs to be bridged in many ways. Finding ways to bridge these gaps will make one more of an asset to the production and the budget, which will ultimately lead to more work."

- Justin Lubke, Cinematographer (Graduate of Level 1)


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Special Guest Announcements for February Session:

"Conceptualizing Features" with 2016 Academy Award Nominee Ed Lachman, ASC

Special class with Oscar Nominee Ed Lachman, ASC in Feb. Level 1 Session!

Throughout his long and successful career, Ed Lachman, ASC has become known for creating stunning images to support delicate storytelling, as in his latest film, the Academy and ASC Award nominated film Carol, which also took home top prize (Golden Frog) at the 2015 Camerimage Festival for Cinematography. At GCI's February Session, students will have the unique opportunity to learn from one of the masters of the craft, Ed Lachman, ASC! Read our interview with Ed about his Oscar Nominated work on Carol.

"Collaborations in Expanded Cinematography" with
Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC

Special class with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" DP Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC in Feb. Level 1 Session!

Award-Winning Director of Photography Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC returns to Global Cinematography Institute as a Guest Instructor for Level 1 February Session and Level 2 March Session, fresh off the outstanding success of his most recent film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Students at GCI will have a great opportunity to learn from one of the most distinguished blockbuster DPs working today! Watch our Exclusive Video with Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC about his work on "The Force Awakens"

"Expanding Cinematography" with Sharon Calahan, ASC

Special class offered only in February Level 1 Session!

At GCI Sharon Calahan, ASC will build upon Expanded Cinematography® to illustrate the new methods of creating cinematic imagery in her ground-breaking work in Animation with Pixar Studios on films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and the new release The Good Dinosaur. In 2014, Sharon became the first and only Cinematographer invited to join the ASC through her work in Feature Film Animation at Pixar.

"Lighting Workshop" with Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC

Special class offered only in February Level 1 Session!

As part of the upcoming Feb. Session Class, students at GCI will have the great opportunity to study under esteemed Brazilian Director of Photography Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC. Affonso's unique style can be seen in such films as "The Queen" and collaboration with Director Pedro Almodovar, "All About My Mother", "Live Flesh" and "The Flower of My Secret". Apply today for GCI Level 1, February Session.


About Global Cinematography Institute:

How it all works

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Global Cinematography Institute is located in Hollywood, California.

All classes are held at a different location: Hollywood Rentals Grip & Electric Facility in Sylmar area of Los Angeles (near Burbank).