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Cinematography School at the New York Film Academy

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Cinematography School

Of all the elements that make a successful movie, often it is the shots and images that an audience remembers for far longer than the performances or script. It is the cinematographer, or director of photography, who creates the unique visual language of a film or television show. He or she works with the director to realize his or her vision while at the same time imbuing a production with a visual style that is wholly that of the cinematographer.

Review Of The Cinematography Program



As one of the best cinematography schools in the world, the New York Film Academy is committed to educating the next generation of cinematographers to develop their own unique visual voice while gaining intensive hands-on experience working with a variety of cameras and film, from Hi-Def to 16mm film, from 35mm film to the RED Epic digital video camera. From the first day of class, students are behind the camera receiving direct instruction from the Academy’s distinguished faculty of professional and accomplished cinematographers. Furthermore, in addition to helping students develop the technical and aesthetic skills required to excel at their craft, our top cinematography school also focuses on providing students with extensive on-set experience in order to prepare them for the rigors of professional productions.

By immersing students in a practical study of the many facets of cinematography through our hands-on, intensive curriculum, it comes as no surprise that NYFA is considered by many to be the best cinematography school around.

Cinematography Courses

Upon enrolling in a cinematography program at the New York Film Academy, students can expect to take the following cinematography courses in the One-Year Conservatory Cinematography program and MFA degree program.

Form & Function I, II, III History of Cinematography I, II, III
Fundamentals of Lighting Introduction to Motion Picture Camera Technique
35mm Cinematography Master's Camera Technique
   * Alexa Workshop
   * Crane & Jib Workshop
   * Underwater Workshop
Advanced Lighting
Stage Lighting Workshop
Master's Lighting
Cinema Studies Cinematography Practicum I, II, III, IV
Thesis Development Post-Production for Cinematographers I, II
Advanced Grip Workshop Directing for Cinematographers
Production Design Steadicam & Camera Assistant Seminar
Thesis Production Advanced Motion Picture Camera Technique
Navigating the Industry Documentary & Episodic Production
Optics of Lenses & Cameras Cinematography for Digital Effects

Cinematography Classes

Students can take a cinematography class at the New York Film Academy throughout the year. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates, please click here.

Cinematography Degrees

Students have the option to apply the work they completed at the cinematography school in NYC toward credit in the New York Film Academy’s cinematography degree program in Los Angeles.

Cinematography Programs

Designed for students interested in a non-degree cinematography program, the cinematography school at the New York Film Academy offers the following program.

Cinematography Faculty

In addition to offering state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the New York Film Academy is also home to a distinguished faculty of instructors. Unlike other top cinematography schools, our faculty members remain active in the industry and each instructor comes from a unique background, providing students with a well-rounded education. In addition, they work one-on-one with students to help them successfully complete the cinematography’s demanding curriculum. The faculty includes the following instructors:
NYFA cinematography school LA chair Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC: An accomplished Cinematographer whose career spans well over six decades, Tony Richmond worked as Assistant Cameraman on such films as From Russia with Love, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 and David Leans’s Dr. Zhivago. The award-winning Cinematographer has had numerous collaborations with Director Nicolas Roeg, lensing five of his films: Don’t Look Now - for which Richmond won the prestigious BAFTA award; The Man Who Fell To Earth; Bad Timing; Heart Of Darkness; and Full Body Massage for Showtime. Some of Richmond’s other credits include: The Sandlot; Candyman; Stardust for Michael Apted; Playing God; Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights; Rough Riders for John Milius; and That’s Life and Sunset for Blake Edwards;

Richmond was also responsible for photography on the seminal British music scene of the late 60’s. He shot the Rolling Stones classic, Sympathy For The Devil for Jean-Luc Godard, and then collaborated with Michael Lindsey Hogg on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus and the Beatles’ Let It Be. His other rock and roll credits include: The Who’s The Kids Are Alright, and the documentary Glastonbury Fayre.

Richmond’s most recent credits include: Good Luck Chuck; The Comebacks; Legally Blond; Ravenous; Men Of Honor; The Sweetest Thing; Someone Like You; Just Friends; John Tucker Must Die; Autopsy; Sex and Lies in Sin City; The Rocker; Alvin the Squeakquel; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

NYFA cinematography school faculty member Michael Pessah Michael Pessah: Beginning his career assisting top commercial directors of photography, Pessah has gone to film over fifty productions. He was shortlisted for an Academy Award and was the recipient of the LA Weekly Theater Award. His work has appeared on such channels as HBO, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BBC, and Canal+ and remains active as a cinematographer for television series and feature films.

NYFA cinematography school chair Salvatore Interlandi Salvatore Interlandi: Based in NYC, Interlandi has extensive on-set experience. In addition to working as a director, writer, and cinematographer, he also has worked as a lighting designer, actor, and gaffer working on numerous feature films, television shows, and commercials for over ten years. His cinematography work includes the film Stags, Back Pain, and Make Pretend.

Cinematography Alumni

The cinematography school at the New York Film Academy has graduated numerous alumni who have remained committed to realizing their professional ambitions.

Career Opportunities

Part of what makes us one of the best cinematography school schools is our focus on helping students realize and achieve the many career options that are available to well-trained cinematographers. Read below to see some of the positions and companies our alumni have worked for.

Cinematographer Camera Operator Camera Assistant
Digital Imaging Technician Gaffer Set Lighting Technician
Key Grip Dolly Grip 2nd Unit Director of Photography
Videographer Colorist Editor

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If you would like to learn more about the New York Film Academy’s cinematography school, please call us at +1 (212) 674-4430 or follow the links below to obtain more information.


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