DoPs Vilmos Zsigmond and Yuri Neyman Launch Global Cinematography Institute

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC will unveil plans for an “Expanded Cinematography” educational program for postgraduate students and interested filmmakers here at the Global Cinematography Institute ( Classes will be conducted on Virtual Stage UVS1 at Universal Studios. Plans will be discussed during an open meeting with members of the Industry at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood on Saturday, January 14 at 10 AM.

“We are devoted to preparing filmmakers to take advantage of on-going advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies,” Neyman says. “Cinematography is a global language, which uses light and darkness, composition, camera movement, colors, focus, contrast and other elements of visual grammar to bring stories to life. The Institute will provide a forum where new and experienced filmmakers from all sectors of the industry can learn about the past, present and future of the art and craft of cinematography, including digital and virtual cameras and lighting ”

Zsigmond and Neyman both migrated to the United States as political refugees. Zsigmond was born and raised in Hungary. He arrived in the United States in 1957.  Zsigmond won an Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977.  He earned other nominations for The Deer Hunter in 1978, The River in 1984 and The Black Dalhia in 2006.

Neyman came to the United States from Moscow during the early 1980s. He created modern film noir looks in Liquid Sky and DOA. Nominated for CableACE Cinematography Award for “Heart of the Deal”. Neyman subsequently invented technologies designed to help cinematographers control the quality of images. He also developed the History of Cinematography program, which he has taught at the American Film Institute.

During the January 14th 2012 meeting Vilmos Zsigmond, Yuri Neyman and their teaching colleagues will discuss issues and answer questions regarding subjects which will be taught in the Global Cinematography Institute such as Advanced Lighting; Cinematography for Music Video; Digital Lighting and Previsualization; Digital Cinematography and 3D Cinematography; Virtual Cinematography; On-the-set Image Management and Post Technology; Foundations of History of Art, Photography and Cinematography; Understanding of Acting and Directing for Cinematographers; and others.

Other teachers and participants in the Global Cinematography Institute include cinematographers Affonso Beato, ASC, ABC; Bruno Delbonell, ASC, AFC (Nominated for 3 Oscars); Daniel Pearl, ASC; Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC (Nominated for 2 Oscars); David Stump, ASC (Won Academy Technical Achievement Award) ; Geoff Boyle, FBKS, Founder of CML (Won BSC Technical Award); James Chressanthis, ASC (Nominated Emmy); James Mathers, Founder of DCS; Janusz Kaminski (Won 2 Oscars); Matthew Libatique, ASC (Nominated for Oscar); Sam Nicholson, ASC (Won 2 Emmys); and distinguished members of the Industry Dean Parisot, Director of Galaxy Quest, Fun With Dick and Jane (Won Oscar for Best Short Film); Bob Kertesz, Digital Imaging Specialist; Bob Currier, President of Synthetic Aperture, creator of Color Finesse; Brian Pohl, Pre Viz & Visual effects/Co-Founder of PreViz Society; Dean Parisot, Director; Fred Durand, Digital Lighting; Michael Most, Colorist/Technologist; Ron Fischer, Technical Director of the Universal Virtual Stage; and journalist Bob Fisher.

For information about the Global Cinematography Institute and about the meeting in Beverly Garland Hotel on 1/14/12 go to and RSVP to [email protected] or register your attendance at the meeting on facebook page of Global Cinematography Institute.

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