About Us:

Continuous Education as a Method of Teaching in the Global Cinematography Institute

By Yuri Neyman, ASC
Director of Photography
Founding Partner, Global Cinematography Institute, Los Angeles


To understand and to work in the modern image-making processes requires constant continuous educational updating.


During the last few years, the role of imagery in films became much more pronounced and very distinct from the imagery of the end of the 20th century. New technologies create new kinds of imagery.


The famous futurologist Alvin Toffler said in his book "Future Shock": "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."


Our focus is on integrating new technology into the many arts and forms of storytelling and visual careers that exist today.


But not only this.


Global Cinematography Institute is the pioneer and leader of the principle and need for continuous education in cinematography. Our trademarked “Expanded Cinematography”® Programs allow us to open the focus of GCI students to the new and previously unknown “alien“ subjects to traditional cinematography.



“Expanded Cinematography”® Program is the combination of live and virtual cinematography which has started to dominate the visual landscape of today’s image making in motion pictures, TV, Web programming and video games.


Continuous education is a characteristic part of society in “the end of 20th century – the beginning of 21st century and beyond”. This trend, involves a fundamental reassessment of many previous understandings about art, technology, culture, communication, etc.



One of the most important aspects of our education is “hands-on” and practical exercises for almost every subject, both home assignments and the work on stage under supervision of instructor – would it be “Lighting” and “Composition” classes, or “Technology of Lighting”, “Virtual Cinematography”, “Previsualization”, “Digital Cinematography”, “Cinematography for VFX”, “Career Management”, etc...


When Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and I founded the Global Cinematography Institute in 2011, we had all those considerations in mind.


And it has transformed into a few independent curriculums designed for better and faster educational options for professional cinematographers of all ages and degrees of knowledge and experience.


The goal of our different independent sessions and classes is simply to take our students’ careers to the next level and put them in a position to compete more successfully in the crowded job market.


Our classes are divided into three separate and independent types:

1) Foundations of the Art of Cinematography Program (Aesthetics & Creativity for Cinematographers)
2) Foundations of the Craft of Cinematography Program (Technology & Tools for Cinematographers)
3) Advanced Study in Expanded Cinematography® offering advanced "Expanded Cinematography®" classes focusing on specific topics



1) The Foundations of the Art of Cinematography Program (Aesthetics & Creativity for Cinematographers) includes the following class subjects:

1.1 Lighting and Composition
1.2 Language of Lighting
1.3 Previsualization
1.4 Art of Light and Dark
1.5 Career Management



2) The Foundations of the Craft of Cinematography Program (Technology & Tools for Cinematographers) includes the following class subjects:

2.1 Virtual Cinematography
2.2 Digital Cinematography
2.3 Cinematography for VFX
2.4 Cinematography Workshop
2.5 Modern Tools and Concepts



3) Advanced Study in Expanded Cinematography® allows more knowledgeable students to choose between 5-6 distinct and separate classes. Classes are stand-alone, and students can select whichever classes they would like to take. Our Advanced Study in Expanded Cinematography® offers classes designed to be more immersive into specific topics such as:



1. Advanced Composition and Lighting
2. Advanced Cinematography Workshop
3. Advanced Digital Cinematography & Optics
4. Advanced Post-Production (DI) for Cinematographers
5. Expanded Cinematography for Virtual and VFX
6. Advanced Career Management & Reel Development


These classes are independent and students can take as many or as few class as they would like to sign up for.


The knowledge of “Expanded Cinematography®”, the knowledge of the latest technological and artistic innovations, trends, and tendencies is helping our students to be prepared for the present and future of the craft.



Should you have any questions at all, please contact our offices at info@globalcinematography.com





GCI Co-Founders:

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC



The Global Cinematography Institute (GCI) is devoted to the educational steps towards the extension of the cinematographer’s profession into the digital and virtual based creative realms.


Along with upgrading the students with knowledge and experience of “Traditional Cinematography” subjects such as Lighting, Film, Composition, etc. - the Global Cinematography Institute also teaches new classes reflecting the requirements of today’s artistic methods and technology such as “Virtual Cinematography”, i.e. both real and virtual pre-production, production and post-production along with digital pre-visualization.


Classes include discussion on the History of Cinematography and Visual Art, along with discussions of technical and scientific dilemmas which effect contemporary cinematographers. The school is also open to directors, producers and actors who need to have a better understanding of the nature of the cinematographer’s work.


The goal of the institute is to take students to the next level and put them in a position to compete successfully in the crowded job market. We also provide instruction, a “tool kit”, for the beginning and continuation of meaningful and effective careers as cinematographers in today’s fast, ever-changing, contemporary world with art and technology.


The knowledge gained at Global Cinematography Institute will allow future and current cinematographers to become involved in the director/producer creative paradigm at the earliest possible stages, as well as enrich the process with the knowledge of the realities and possibilities of existing camera and light technologies. This early stage of involvement will further reinforce the leading role of cinematographers in the creation of visual concept and visual structure of pre-production.



Join us for our Expanded Cinematography® Classes - more info here