The Global Cinematography Institute Proposes a New Model with Director of Imaging (D.O.I.)

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In its advanced program of “Expanded Cinematography” the GCI is bringing together premier talent from a multidisciplinary group of experts.

Due to the increasing role of SFX/VFX and Virtual Production the role of the “traditional” cinematographer is changing. Therefore, GCI is training its students in the new profession – “Director of Images” (D.O.I.)

Founded by Directors of Photography Yuri Neyman, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, the “Expanded Cinematography” classes of Global Cinematography Institute include Advanced Lighting for Feature Films, Foundations of Lighting & Composition for Cinema, Virtual Lighting & Virtual Cinematography, Lighting Craft & Technology, Cinematography for Videogames, Pre-visualization, Digital Cinematography & Optics, Image Management, History of Cinematography & Photography, Career Management, Cinematography for Independent Films and more.

Vilmos and Yuri recognize “the goals are to lead and empower visual thinkers for the advancement of the aesthetic arts and sciences.” The Global Cinematography Institute (GCI) is an educational research and development entity focused on analyzing, preserving and predicting the roles of imagery.

With the ever-advancing creative and technological approaches to narrative and visual storytelling, the GCI is developing new methods for educating current and future professionals in the fields of imagery. The global, social, and cultural paradigm demands innovative courses and curriculum to meet the ever changing needs of the industries its serves.

“Expanded Cinematography” describes and explains the fundamental changes that have occurred, and will continue to occur. It forecasts changes in all visual facets of the entertainment industry. In addition, GCI is building connections to non-filmmaking avenues through “Expanded Cinematography,” to gaming, web, and television media, as well as to traditional movie making business activities -- it is both art and craft.

Due to the increasing role of SFX/VFX and Virtual Production the role of the “traditional” cinematographer is changing. Therefore, GCI is training its students in the new profession – “Director of Images” (D.O.I.) which combines skills and experiences of traditional cinematography, FX and Virtual Production.

In support of ALL visual content creators, the D.O.I. would be the primary force in the capture, creation, distribution and displaying of images.

In a connected, always online universe, we are implementing real world best practices. Our approach is global - in a digital world - with “convergence” as well as “divergence” taking place in all sectors we are developing new collaborations.

We look forward to continuing this dialogue with all of the passionate and creative individuals, institutions, and companies who care about the advancement of our crafts.

On Saturday, June 1st, GCI presented their position paper regarding the new profession: DIRECTOR OF IMAGING. To read more about the position of GCI, visit http://www.globalcinematography.com/DOI to read or download the full position paper.

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