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Cinematography School at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles

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Cinematography School LA

The beauty of movies lies in their ability to visually capture the world around us in unique and striking ways. It is the role of the cinematographer to develop his or her own original visual language while being able to work with a director to best realize a film or television show’s story through moving images. At the Academy’s top cinematography school, aspiring directors of photography receive intensive hands-on education in the technical and aesthetic demands of shooting with film and digital cameras. Students work directly with essential tools of the craft, shooting with HD cameras, 16mm film, 35mm film, the RED Dragon digital cinema camera, making NYFA one of the best cinematography schools around.

Review Of The Cinematography Program


Based in the hub of Hollywood, the Academy’s school of cinematography in Los Angeles offers students the unparalleled opportunity to work with professional cinematographers on a wide range of course work and original student films while also making connections that will last long after graduation. Unlike other top cinematography schools, students gain experience in all facets of filmmaking while honing their abilities as cinematographers to prepare them to find employment upon graduating. Simply put, the Academy’s commitment to hands-on education, top equipment, and world-class faculty have many considering it the best cinematography school around.

Cinematography Courses LA

After enrolling at the Academy’s cinematography school in LA, student can expect to take a cinematography course load similar to the following.

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 LA

Students interested in enrolling in a cinematography class can do so at several points during the year. To learn more about the Academy’s start dates and tuition, please click here.

Cinematography Degrees LA

For aspiring cinematographers aiming to earn a cinematography degree from the Academy’s cinematography school in Los Angeles, we offer the following MFA degree program.

Cinematography Programs LA

Designed for students who wish to make a year-long commitment to the study and practice of cinematography, the Academy’s school of cinematography in LA offers the following cinematography program.

Cinematography Faculty LA

As one of the best cinematography schools, NYFA in Los Angeles vaunts a distinguished faculty of professional cinematographers who are active in the field. By studying under experienced directors of photography, students gain up-to-date insight into the realities of working as a professional cinematographer and the technical and business skills they require to realize their goals. Students enrolling at the school of cinematography in LA will study under such accomplished faculty members that include the following.
NYFA cinematography school LA chair Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC, Chair of Cinematography: 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, One + One 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; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

NYFA cinematography school Los Angeles faculty member Tommy Maddox-Upshaw Tommy Maddox-Upshaw: Having earned his MFA in cinematography from AFI, Maddox-Upshaw has served as a camera operator and electrician on such hits as Iron Man 2, Hustle & Flow and Straight Outta Compton and as a cinematographer on numerous feature films, short films, and television shows that include Walk This Way, Ro, Black November, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, and The Perfect Match.

NYFA cinematography school Los Angeles faculty member Suki Medencevic Suki Medencevic, ASC: MFA in Cinematography, National Film School, Prague; BA, National Film School for Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. He has shot over 15 feature length films and television projects, and numerous commercials and documentaries. In 2010, Suki became a member of American Cinematographers Society. His credits include "American Horror Story: Hotel", "Stuck in the Middle", "The Pixar Story", "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell", and the "Jonas" TV series.

NYFA cinematography school Los Angeles faculty member Jacek Laskus Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC: BA in Film/Video Production, Polish National Film School. Member of American Society of Cinematographers and the Polish Society of Cinematographers. Member of IATSE Local 600 Camera Guild. 30 years professional experience including two nominations for ASC Awards for Best Cinematography. His credits include: “The Devil’s Arithmetic”, “The Guardian”, “On the Lot”, “New Jack City”, “Parting Glances”, and “Twilight Zone: Rob Serling’s Lost Classics”.

Cinematography Alumni

Graduates of the Academy’s cinematography school in LA have gone on to work on many notable films and television shows as cinematographers and camera operators. Click here to see some of the many accomplishments that our alumni have achieved. Some examples of our alumni’s noteworthy work can be seen below.

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Career Opportunities

After graduating from the Academy’s school of cinematography in Los Angeles, aspiring cinematographers have a number of career options to pursue that can help them to realize their professional goals. Our alumni has gone to work in many of the following positions in addition to working for many notable companies and organizations.

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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