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In Focus: Cinematography (video)


"Cinematography is the most important job.
If nobody turned up with a camera, it would be radio".
- Barry Ackroyd

In this BAFTA GURU masterclass, an array of cinematographers from films such as "12 Years A Slave" (DP Sean Bobbitt), "Rush" (DP Anthony Dod Mantle) and "Captain Phillips" (DP Barry Ackroyd), offer insights into filmmaking and give their top tips on getting into the industry.

Cinematography in Focus - BAFTA GURU

Learn From The Best: "Advanced Filmmaking" with Phedon Papamichael, Janusz Kaminski & Wally Pfister


Phedon Papamichael, Janusz Kaminski and Wally Pfister: They are the field’s most interesting and accomplished practitioners and they're offering over 12 hours of lectures and interviews.

An invaluable complement to traditional cinematography education, these practical tools provide fascinating insight into how three top pros think about their work, their careers, their tools and their collaborators in the real world of filmmaking.

Advanced Filmmaking answers the questions that aren’t addressed in film school.

Now available on Vimeo on Demand (VOD).

Advanced Filmmaking

Janusz Kaminski

Janusz Kamiński emigrated to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1981 and studied filmmaking at Columbia College in Chicago and at the American Film Institute. His celebrated collaboration with Steven Spielberg began in 1991 with Schindler’s List, and has grown to include more than a dozen films, including Lincoln, War Horse, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Munich and Saving Private Ryan. A two-time Oscar winner and six-time nominee, Kamiński’s other credits include The Diving Bell & the Butterfly and Jerry Maguire.

Wally Pfister

Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC began as a news and documentary cameraman and segued into narrative filmmaking after attending the American Film Institute. Pfister is a four-time Academy Award nominee whose dark, acclaimed work with Christopher Nolan includes Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, which brought him an Oscar. His other credits include Moneyball, The Italian Job, Slow Burn and Laurel Canyon. Pfister recently made his feature directorial debut on Transcendence.

Phedon Papamichael

Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC was born in Greece and grew up in Germany. On his way up, he shot seven films for Roger Corman in the space of two years. Today, his eclectic resume includes films with directors Wim Wenders (The Million Dollar Hotel), Gore Verbinski (The Weather Man), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line), George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Monuments Men). Oliver Stone (W.) and Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska). His evocative black and white imagery in Nebraska earned him an Oscar nomination.

AF Producers

Chris Gibbin is an American filmmaker, producer, and entrepreneur. Along with his producing partner, Phedon Papamichael, he has produced several feature & short films that have premiered at film festivals around the world.

Jacqueline Legan is a veteran of theater and film studies, having pursued the craft both in New York and Los Angeles. She began her formal education at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and concluded her training with a degree from the School of Theatre from the University of Southern California.

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Also watch: Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC: A Life Behind The Lens

Must Read: Martin Scorsese's Passionate Defense of Kodak Film

Martin Scorsese: The bright future of Cinema

On the heels of Kodak’s decision to continue its production of film stock after finalizing a deal with major Hollywood studios just last week, the venerable Martin Scorsese issued a heartfelt statement in support of the move, writing:

"We have many names for what we do – cinema, movies, motion pictures. And…film. We’re called directors, but more often we’re called filmmakers. Filmmakers. I’m not suggesting that we ignore the obvious: HD isn’t coming, it’s here. The advantages are numerous: the cameras are lighter, it’s much easier to shoot at night, we have many more means at our disposal for altering and perfecting our images. And, the cameras are more affordable: films really can be made now for very little money. Even those of us still shooting on film finish in HD, and our movies are projected in HD. So, we could easily agree that the future is here, that film is cumbersome and imperfect and difficult to transport and prone to wear and decay, and that it’s time to forget the past and say goodbye – really, that could be easily done. Too easily."

"It seems like we’re always being reminded that film is, after all, a business. But film is also an art form, and young people who are driven to make films should have access to the tools and materials that were the building blocks of that art form. Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film. Film, even now, offers a richer visual palette than HD. And, we have to remember that film is still the best and only time-proven way to preserve movies. We have no assurance that digital informaton will last, but we know that film will, if properly stored and cared for."

"Our industry – our filmmakers – rallied behind Kodak because we knew that we couldn’t afford to lose them, the way we’ve lost so many other film stocks. This news is a positive step towards preserving film, the art form we love."

- Martin Scorsese

Via: indieWIRE