The technological changes in cinematography that have occurred in recent times clearly show that there is a need to study the results of these changes more in depth, as part of a new era in teaching cinematography. Do the traditional methods still apply? Cinematography in Video Games presents an interesting “Food for Thought”.
At one time it was the game industry that wanted to emulate film, but now the movie industry is adopting the technology of video games. Video games are one of the fastest growing industries and in modern society are approaching the level of influence of other forms of art, such as films and literature. The visual sophistication and design of game imagery already requires a professional image creating experience from those who are equally knowledgeable in traditional and virtual cinematography.
As a part of its trademarked Expanded Cinematography® Program, Global Cinematography Institute has taught its “Cinematography for Video Games” class since 2012. One of GCI’s most notable students, Dori Arazi, is the Director of Photography on one of PlayStation®4’s most anticipated games of the year, “God of War” produced by SIE Santa Monica Studio.
Mr. Dori Azari currently teaches at GCI and will present, alongside Yuri Neyman, ASC, at the IMAGO Conference as a part of the Educational Cooperation Initiative between SIE Santa Monica Studio and Global Cinematography Institute. As a portion of this initiative, Director of Photography Yuri Neyman, ASC will be conducting a series of lectures titled “Art of Light” for game artists at SIE Santa Monica Studio.
The Expanded Cinematography® Program has taught and continues to teach hundreds of student cinematographers from all over the world. The success of the program has been achieved in part due to a unique combination of both classical and the latest technological disciplines which includes Fundamentals of Lighting and Composition, Advanced Lighting for Feature Films, The History of Cinematography & Photography & Arts, Cinematography for Video Games, Cinematography for Music Videos, Previsualization, Digital & Virtual Cinematography, Postproduction Technology, and more.