Sean Bobbitt is a cinematographer who has worked closely with director Steve McQueen, including on his films Shame and the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave.

In March 2014, just a day after 12 Years a Slave won its Oscars, NYFA students were treated to a private screening at Warner Brothers studios. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Bobbitt, who had also just won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Cinematography.

Bobbitt told students that he reads every script that he receives and that, “The first time I read it I don’t read it as a cinematographer. I just read it… thinking is this a good story? Did this move me in some way? Is this interesting, is this original, is there something here that’s worth the effort?”