Master cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC and Wally Pfister, ASC have launched Advanced Filmmaking, a new web site featuring an online series of instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers (which are available for rent or purchase).
In addition to offering extensive interviews with the award-winning cinematographers, the site currently boasts over 12 hours of video with their colleagues, including Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders and others.
“We conceived Advanced Filmmaking as a way to communicate lessons that aren’t normally covered in film school,” said Papamichael in a statement. “In our interactions with students and young filmmakers around the world, we saw a thirst for information about other topics like successful collaboration, making good career decisions, and managing your personal life.”
The three filmmakers, who have been developing the site for two years, first met while making low-budget films for Roger Corman.
“There is so much more to carving out a successful career than knowing exposure, camera placement and shot selection,” said Pfister. “Those nut-and-bolts skills are important, of course, but we have learned so many hard-won life lessons along the way, insights I wish I’d known when I was starting out. That’s the idea behind Advanced Filmmaking.”
A seminar highlighting the rollout of the site is planned for this year’s Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography, held annually in November in Poland. Papamichael and Kaminski are slated to attend.
Below is a trailer for the new service featuring advice from Kaminski, Papamichael and Pfister. Find out more about Advanced Filmmaking here.