Cinematographer, Director, Inventor, Educator, Writer
After graduation from the VGIK (Moscow Film School) Yuri worked in the former Soviet Union as Director of Photography on half a dozen films. One of the last films Yuri Neyman made in the former USSR as Director of Photography was “Klop - Mayakovsky Laughs”, directed by classic Soviet director Sergei Yutkevich. The film is based on a famous and controversial play of the late twenties, and was presented at the London Film Festival.
“SIGHT & SOUND” magazine wrote: “...At least it proves that Soviet cinema can still turn out genuinely experimental and formalistic film, executed with great technical dexterity.”
Starting anew in New York, Yuri “fought” his way up as a Director of Photography and went on to shoot his first feature film in the U.S. “Liquid Sky” (1983). The film played in New York non-stop for about three years and has gained a cult following in many parts of the world, as it is still shown very often in the U.S. as well as abroad. The film was directed by Slava Tsukerman, with Yuri Neyman, ASC as Director of Photography & VFX Supervisor, and Marina Levikova as Production and Costume Designer.
Critics rarely comment on the work of a Director of Photography, but Yuriʼs work in this film has been praised in many reviews such as: “New York has never been photographed better in a movie.”. “Rarely, if ever has Manhattan been viewed so intensely”, ”A spectacular work of moving art”, ”The most beautiful science- fiction movie ever made”.
A few years later, he would prove once again his talent as a feature film cinematographer, shooting the re-make of the Film Noir classic “DOA”. It was praised, almost universally, for its original look. Just a few samples of the many reviews from major publications across the country are as follows: “Stunning camera work”,“High concept movie which crackles with 80ʼs imagination and technique”, “Yuri Neyman does extraordinary, inventive and witty work.”
Four of Yuriʼs films: “Liquid Sky”, “D.O.A.”, “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald” and “Scattered Dreams” have been the subject of articles in American Cinematographer, Film & Video magazines and the trades.
(In “The Heart of the Deal”) Yuri Neyman uses grays and black colors to tell a story of greed and deceit. The final glimpse of greed and sex is stunning.” (Hollywood Reporter)
(In “Scattered Dreams”) “...Gargoyle image is stunningly caught by cinematographer Yuri Neyman in an abstract flourish of images unusual for TV movies.” (Hollywood Reporter).
(In “The Continued Adventures of Reptile Man”) “Adding an effective kitsch factor is the pictureʼs visual design, credited to DP Yuri Neyman”. (Hollywood Reporter).
(In “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald”) “...Cinematographer Yuri Neyman brings his artistic instinct and European training to the movie-of-the-week” (Film & Video Magazine).
Articles about Yuriʼs work as a cinematographer have been published in many professional and general publications. In addition to his cinematography work, Yuri continues to actively work in the field of still photography. Some of his images can be seen below and on his instagram.
While continuing to work in Hollywood as a Director of Photography, Yuri invented the on-set color correction and data management system 3cP for film and digital cinematography, which he has received two US patents for.
The system addressed and corrected the method of media-to-media transfer, which incorporates the transfer and calibration standards of the cinematographer with that of the post production facilities, data management and pre-visualization tools. Helping to ensure accurate reproduction of the cinematographer’s intention in both Film and Digital paradigms.
In 2007 before founding the Global Cinematography Institute, Yuri Neyman, ASC developed the new course – “History of Cinematography” for AFI (American Film Institute) and successfully taught it there for few years.
Yuri Neyman, ASC regularly conducts seminars related to digital cinematography and post-production processes for students and members of the Industry. On the invitation of Prague (FAMU), Paris (la Femis) and Łodż (Poland) Film schools Yuri conducted a series of classes for their students as well.
Yuri is an active member of the Technological Committee of the American Society of Cinematographers and is often a participant in SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), Cinegear and HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) technical conferences. His presentation (in co-authorship with his working partner Bob Currier) named "On-set Generation of Color Corrected Dailies in Digital Cinema Production" was published in the issue of SMPTE magazine.
In 2010 he presented the paper “Future of Cinematography” as part of the “First International Conference on The Image” at UCLA.
In 2012 Directors of Photography Yuri Neyman, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC unveiled plans for an advanced cinematography educational program catering to postgraduate students and veteran filmmakers called the Global Cinematography Institute, to be headquartered in Los Angeles.
The Institute is devoted to preparing filmmakers to take advantage of ongoing advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies. As well as provide a forum where new and experienced filmmakers from all sectors of the industry can learn about the art of cinematography from the past, present and future. Including the evolving art of digital and virtual cameras as well as lighting.
Yuri Neyman, ASC also developed a system of education for Video Game and Mixed Media Cinematographers and presented this system on many International Forums such as IMAGO, CAMERIMAGE and CINEGEAR.