Student Work

Creating Expressive Imagery


G.C.I. sessions have been carefully built to teach students the necessary skills to put them in a position to compete in the crowded job market. Our classes are designed for experienced cinematographers and filmmakers looking to upgrade their skills to gain the confidence needed to approach more ambitious and complicated projects.




Artistic Inspiration

Photography has always been a source of inspiration and creativity for generations of cinematographers.

The photographs below are a selection of student work from the “Foundations of Lighting and Composition” class.

This class covers the basics of visual language and topics such as framing, quality of light and how pictorial elements help create an expressive image. The class also includes lectures on the History of Cinematography, Photography and Painting.

“Foundations of Lighting and Composition” students have an opportunity to experiment, to try to “break the rules”, to re-invent the rules and to start to create their own visual style which will allow them to became creative inventive and sought after cinematographers.


Confidence. Control. Communication.

Cinematography Lighting Assignments

Taking the learning from our Core Session further, students in our “Advanced Lighting and Composition” class complete scene assignments. This makes them ready to start to think about more complex and ambitious goals in their carriers and creative lives.

GCI creates the special methods of technical and creative analysis of image which students use for their preparation to the assignment in the order to be as precise as possible. This includes the study of the lighting quality, lighting ratios, optics and other components the image creation process.

G.C.I. teacher explains lighting techniques to a student using a reference monitor on-set

As a result of this exercise students learn how much efforts and knowledge is needed for creating an expressive image. They start to understand the most invisible mechanics of composition and lighting motivations, the level of “compromise” and “ cheating” they can get away with during the production and the role of precision, preparedness, intuition and improvisation in the every day’s cinematographer’s work.

And then the most important result of their study happens – students became much more comfortable with themselves, with the level of their knowledge and ambitions and it makes them confident to pursue new projects with greater zeal and boldness – to approach any project, big or small, as a creative and technical challenge which they are able to overcome.