Training the Next Generation of Cinematographers

August 2, 2017


This summer, 10 talented creatives joined the Moving Picture Institute in Los Angeles for our first cinematography workshop, MOVINGPICTURE:CRAFT, directed by Benjamin Gaskell.

Filmmakers learned how to use advanced lighting and framing techniques to successfully achieve their artistic intentions and advance their ideas. Learning directly from award-winning American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members, students explored how the cinematographer’s processes can make or break a film.

Though the seminar largely took place at the Mole Richardson soundstage, students also visited and screened their projects at Fotokem, one of the largest independently owned post-production facilities on the West Coast.

Here’s what they had to say: 

I learned more in five immersive days of MPI’s Cinematography Workshop than I would have expected to learn over a full semester at a graduate film school.

I was blown away by the format and organization of the program, the caliber of speakers and participants, and the unique mix of lectures, hands-on training, and feedback. . . . we came out on the other side with real, actionable skills to improve our work.

Throughout my filmmaking career I’ve searched for a way to access high quality education in cinematography but have always found it challenging to find the right resources. The MPI workshop was exactly what I needed.

For more exciting opportunities at the Moving Picture Institute, apply or recommend others for our one of our intern placements.

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