"Global Cinematography Institute" and "Joe Blasco Make-Up School" are ready for new era in the film and TV business.

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"Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn" - the tale of two schools in Hollywood, CA specializing in key skills necessary for Film and TV Production, "Global Cinematography Institute" - co-founded by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (academy award winning cinematographer) and Yuri Neyman, ASC. "Joe Blasco Make-Up School" one of the first professional schools for the film/tv make-up industry.

“Cinematography is a global language, which uses light and darkness, composition, camera movement, colors and other elements of visual grammar to bring stories to life. We teach it all at Global Cinematography Institute."

All was simple in the last millennium – you learn your craft in school , and you are set for life. Not anymore - technology and cultural environments change so fast that a lot of learned “rules” and conventions of the past are not applicable anymore. It is extremely evident in the motion picture and TV Industries. Film is on the way out, digital cameras and the complex computer generated images replaced a lot of “old” technologies. New knowledge needs to meet the new requirements of the times .

The famous futurologist Alvin Toffler said: “The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”. Two schools in Los Angeles -- Global Cinematography Institute and Joe Blasco Make-up School -- took this as their unofficial motto and are ready to meet challenges of the times.

“Expanded Cinematography”™, is the new discipline at Global Cinematography Institute which unites many traditional and new fields within cinematography. The new school year –the most recent session, Course 1, Session 4 starts November 17th has a select few spots remaining for potential students. Potential students should inquire at http://www.globalcinematography.com/apply and email to info(at)globalcinematography(dot)com.

Co-founders of the GCI, Directors of Photography Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC, along with other teachers introduced “Cinematography in Video Games: Virtual LIghting and Previsualization,” “Cinematography for Small Budget/Indie Films”, “Foundation of DIT Profession” and “Visual Storytelling.” The Expanded Cinematography classes include Virtual Cinematography, On-Set Image Management, Advanced Lighting for Feature Films, Foundation of Lighting and Composition, Digital Cinematography and 3D Cinematography and Cinematography for Music Videos.

Global Cinematography Institute has students from all over the globe - Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, Finland, Argentina, Mozambique, Norway, Australia, UK, Dubai, Mexico, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Russia, Tunisia and USA. The program is devoted to preparing filmmakers to take advantage of on-going advances in digital and virtual cinematography technologies.

“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”, Neyman said. “We intend the Institute to provide a forum where new and experienced filmmakers from all sectors of the industry can learn about the Art of Cinematography from the past, present and future, including the evolving art of digital and virtual cameras and lighting.”

The founders of Global Cinematography Institute Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC both migrated to the United States as political refugees. Zsigmond was born and raised in Hungary, graduated from the Film Academy in Budapest and emigrated to the United States in 1957. Zsigmond earned an Oscar® for cinematography on Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977 and other Academy Award nominations for The Deer Hunter in 1978, The River in 1984 and The Black Dalhia in 2006. He is one of the founders of the Budapest Cinematography Master Class at his alma mater for film students from around the world since its inception in 2001.

Neyman came to the United States from Moscow, USSR during the early 1980s. Critics lauded his talent for creating modern film noir looks in “Liquid Sky”, “DOA”, “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald”, “Scattered Dreams” and many others studio and independent films. “New York had never been photographed better in a movie,” a Wall Street Journal critic wrote about his work. “Rarely, if ever had Manhattan been viewed so intensely”, "A spectacular work of moving art”, ”The most beautiful science-fiction movie ever made”, “Stunning camera work”, “High concept movie which crackles with imagination and technique”, “Yuri Neyman does extraordinary inventive and witty work.”, “...Gargoyle image is stunningly caught by cinematographer Yuri Neyman in an abstract flourish images unusual for TV movies.” - wrote other critics.

Besides compiling an array of narrative film and commercial credits, Neyman has invented technologies designed to help cinematographers control the quality of images. He also developed the “History of Cinematography” program, which he taught at the American Film Institute. Neyman has also conducted seminars about color correction and digital technology at various film schools.

Technological revolution and innovations in cameras and lights changed a lot also in the make up industry. Joe Blasco, the founder of Make-up School in Florida and Los Angeles is credited with the creation of the most comprehensive series of encyclopedic textbooks for professional make-up artistry. The most known series, entitled The Professional Make-up Artist is comprised of three volumes.

At an early age, Joe Blasco was told that schools for professional motion-picture and television make-up simply did not exist; he therefore decided to remedy the situation by developing the world’s first governmentally approved schools for professional make-up artistry, thereby opening doors to make-up artists worldwide. The Joe Blasco Schools are responsible for introducing more award-winning make-up artists than any other artist apprenticeship program or training program in the history of the profession.

Although once considered an industry reserved for men—particularly for male members of the “make-up families”—professional make-up became more accepting of women in large part through the efforts of Joe Blasco, whose schools openly welcomed them, helping to pave the way for them to enter the field. Today there are now more female artists in all areas of the art—a first in the history of the profession.

Joe Blasco has devised the first truly professional online make-up artist and hairstylist training program. In response to the dramatic technological changes in the motion-picture and television industries—with an awareness that the teaching methods of the past have now become obsolete—he has developed a new, state-of-the-art teaching method for students of professional make-up, a method that allows students of the craft to experience the highest quality make-up education in the comfort of their own homes, without incurring the expense of travel and lodging.

To quote Ve Neill, 5-time Academy Award-winning artist: “Joe Blasco is the only make-up artist whom I know who constantly and completely reinvents himself every three to five years!”
Joe Blasco is always thinking “outside the box”—inventing, refining, and creating new arenas within the all-encompassing realm of professional make-up artistry and his school is always on the forefront of new developments. Students are experiencing not only the wealth of knowledge from the past, but they are very much enjoying to re-learn the foundation of their profession, new technologies, new methods of work.

Joe Blasco’s Make-up School achievements and pioneering efforts in all areas of make-up artistry truly set the school apart as the icon and the sample for the whole industry. Graduates of the school are working in all areas of make up art -- from “beauty to the beast,” and in every area of the art. Joe Blaco has successfully experienced and mastered areas of make-up artistry far beyond application. But most importantly, he shares his knowledge with everyone and continues to create new platforms from which professional make-up can evolve to even greater heights.

The offspring of Joe Blasco’s Make-up School MUATV network com offers everything you have always wanted to know about makeup but were afraid to ask. For example, interviews with Oscar and Emmy award winning makeup artists and hairstylists. Thousands of professional secrets, techniques, products, special events, and makeup fashion news will be part of the MUATV.com daily/weekly program lineup.

Joe Blasco himself, along with scores of other award-winning artists appears LIVE during unannounced portions of the daily programming to take questions and to be interactive with the MUATV audience.

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