About Us

G.C.I. Beginnings

G.C.I. Students lighting during on-set workshop classes

At the Global Cinematography Institute we seek to prepare students for the challenging and changing career ahead of them through our Expanded Cinematography® Curriculum.

Yuri Neyman, ASC conceptualized the idea for a new kind of cinematography school as a response to both his experience as Director of Photography as well as teaching and lecturing in various film schools around the world.

Global Cinematography Institute was then started by Yuri Neyman, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC in 2011 as featured in Variety. The first classes were conducted on Universal Studios Virtual Stage 1 (UVS1). Since then G.C.I. has partnered with and taught classes on stages at Red Studios, Los Angeles Center Studios, and others.

Yuri Neyman, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC teaching the first G.C.I. Class

G.C.I. aims to awaken creative minds, encouraging new kinds of visual importance and meaning through an innovative approach to the design and creation of images.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler, “Future Shock’ 1970

During the last few years, with the arrival of social media networks like Instagram and Facebook, the significance of imagery and the role of its creators in film, video games and elsewhere has changed.

New technologies, new relationships and interdependence between traditional cinematography and virtual cinematography, pre-visualization, art direction and visual effects - has created new kinds of pictures and imagery in modern culture.

G.C.I. Student using a virtual camera during an on-set cinematography workshop
Collage of visual effects production process from Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland

Today and going forward, images in film will no longer be produced only as the result of the traditional tools of cinematography. While principles regarding aesthetics such as composition, light, color, and movement remain the same; the role of the traditional Cinematographer in the creation of the final image is going through many transformations.

The digital and virtual revolutions, fueled by the democratization of tools, continue to cause changes at an exponential rate. Instead of working around barriers created by gaps in technical knowledge, we train our students to focus the production process around creative choices based on the newest technologies.

G.C.I. teacher instructing a student during a hands-on lighting workshop

The knowledge gained at Global Cinematography Institute will allow current and future cinematographers to become involved in the creative process at the earliest possible stages, as well as enrich this process with the knowledge and possibilities of camera, lighting, digital, and virtual technologies.

The Expanded Cinematography Curriculum is a state of mind in which we immerse our students. We are providing opportunities for each student to become an Artist-Designer-Technologist who is able at the present and will be able in the future to liberate him/herself to use any  creative choices supported by latest technologies and thus to solve any problem-creative or technical and to became full fledged Director of Images.

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Our mission is to awaken creative minds to pursue greatness through the design of moving images. G.C.I. students leave the program with more confidence and ambition to approach any project, big or small, as a creative and technical challenge which they are able to overcome!