Global Cinematography Institute Student Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight:

Checking in with Former Students

Interview with GCI Students Fernando Vilanova Miranda and
Lukas Teren, ASK - Representatives to the International Cinematographer Summit Hosted by the ASC, June 2016


GCI Founder Yuri Neyman, ASC discusses life after GCI with two of our distinguished students, who both were chosen to represent their respective home countries at the International Cinematographer Summit in 2016.


Lukas Teren, ASK

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Lukáš Teren, graduate from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava Department of Cinematography and Photography, mentored by Professor Ján Ďuriš. In last few years he made a number of films in Slovakia and Czech republic as second unit camera and camera operator. As a DOP he made several short fiction and documentary films, music videos and commercials. He collaborated with DOP Tomáš Juríček on the award-winning film Kandidát, as second unit camera. In 2014 he was accepted as a member of Association of Slovak Cinematographers (member of IMAGO). In fall 2014, he completed American Society of Cinematographers Masterclass. As Second unit camera collaborated with Martin Štrba on period movie Wilson City and as A camera operator on HBO series MAMON. In August 2015 he attended Global Cinematography Instituted in Los Angeles, as student of professional cinematographers like Dean Cundey ASC, Russell Carpenter ASC, Stephen Goldblatt ASC BSC, David Stump ASC, Yuri Neyman ASC, Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, and many more.

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Fernando Vilanova Miranda

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Born and raised in El Salvador, one of the smallest countries in Latin America, I made my way to New York City to pursue my career in film at The New York University. I graduated. I had to stick around. I worked at Radical Media, not that I was a director or anything. I did everything from drive the prop vans, to hold up reflectors, to edits, and even managed to get myself a spot as an extra as a back masseuse in a Lonely Island video. Back then that was my claim to fame. Radical was a great experience, I learned the ropes and wore many hats (and helmets, and belts and shoes). I could say I have come a long way since then... There was that time I got to work at the Cannes Film Festival, got sent to Scotland to direct a commercial, got nominated for some awards in Latin America (and was honored with one). I am now back in El Salvador working as a cinematographer, and am married, have a baby, with 100 commercials under my belt and counting. I am a curious person, always reading and learning about new things and techniques, love to be up to date with the latest, take my camera everywhere and try to capture details in my shots, I aim to convey my passion for my work in my film and photography.

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Natalie Kingston

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Natalie Kingston is an award-winning cinematographer based in New Orleans. She shot Sam Pollard's TWO TRAINS RUNNIN' - a blues music and civil rights documentary that premiered at FULL FRAME Documentary Film Festival in 2016 and was named BEST FEATURE at DOCUWEST DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL. Natalie was awarded the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Award at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival for her exhibited body of work across four narrative films: ATCHAFALAYA, RITE, DANDELION and SI. In 2014, she received the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Award for the film, SI at the Kids Film Festival in Madrid, Spain. She also received the ZEISS PRECISION IMAGE AWARD for the film, AFTER THE CIRCUS. Natalie has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed a Cinematography Residency at Maine Media College. She is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) and Women in Film and Television (WIFT). At 12 years old, Natalie became infatuated with telling stories through the images she created using her parents’ home video camera. She fell in love with the idea of the endless possibilities that could transpire in front of her lens. Since then, she hasn’t turned back.

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Lukasz Zamaro

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Lukasz Zamaro is a Cinematographer born in Poland. After graduating the film school he moved to Norway and started his career in Oslo. He attended the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles, taught by legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond ASC and Yuri Neyman ASC. In 2014 and 2015 he was participating in highly regarded ASC Master Class in Los Angeles. Currently he lives and works in Oslo.

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Sarah Winters

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Sarah Winters is a Director of Photography working in Los Angeles. She is currently finishing up her MFA degree at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she specializes in cinematography and lighting. Her most recent projects include Lark, a thesis short film starring Bianca Bethune (ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth”), and The Discovery of Dit Dodson, a webseries pilot Sarah gaffed for Ron Howard’s company New Form Digital. This summer, Sarah will be shooting a thesis film, to be followed by a documentary about Chinese dresses and pageants in the fall. In addition to her studies at USC, Sarah has taken cinematography classes and workshops at the Global Cinematography Institute and AbelCine. She often co-DPs with her fiancée Jason Boldt, pre-visualizing lighting and shot design during pre-production and working together on set as a DP/operator team.

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Aaron Leong

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Aaron Michael Leong grew up in Benicia, CA where he attended middle school and high school. Upon graduation he attended San Francisco State University where he finished in Theatre Arts with a double emphasis in Performance and Directing. Aaron has studied with renowned cinematographers such as Yuri Neyman, ASC, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, Dean Cundey, ASC, David Stump, ASC, and Suki Medencevic, ASC. He is capable in previs, creating and generating aesthetics and LUTs for production, lighting for visual effects, virtual cinematography, image management from pre-post, and color correction. As a cinematographer or director of photography/imaging, Aaron can design lighting schemes along with camera work to create an aesthetic custom suited for your specific project. Again, with audience in mind, Aaron aims to create emotions suitable for each production.

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