We are currently accepting applications for Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting for 2013!
Directing is closed.
Remembering Frank Pierson (1925 - 2012), AFI Board of Trustees since 2005 and AFI Conservatory Artistic Director.
Click here to read more.
AFI Conservatory Class of 2011 directing alumni Ryan Prows and Justin Tipping have been awarded the Silver and Bronze medals in narrative filmmaking at the 39th annual Student Academy Awards for their thesis films, NARCOCORRIDO and NANI.
Click here to read more.
Justin Tipping and Ryan Prows, AFI Class of 2011
Owen Roizman, ASC
Congratulations to Stephen Lighthill (AFI Conservatory's Cinematography Discipline Head & Senior Filmmaker-In Residence) - the new President of the American Society of Cinematographers!
Stephen Lighthill has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). The vote was made by the newly elected Board Of Governors who also elected ASC Officers, Vice Presidents Richard Crudo, Daryn Okada and Kees Van Oostrum; Treasurer Victor J. Kemper; Secretary...
Click here for full article.
Wally Pfister (AFI Class of 1991) will receive the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Shirley MacLaine on June 7. The award is given annually to an alumnus of either the AFI Conservatory or the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, who best embodies the qualities of the late director: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking. Established by Schaffner's widow, Jean, in 1991, the Alumni Medal celebrates the recipient's extraordinary creative talents and artistic achievements.
Pfister is widely acclaimed for his mastery of cinematography and his passion for storytelling excellence. "I like to test the boundaries and see how far I can go," he has said. The cinematographer grew up in Chicago and began working as a news cameraman after graduating from high school. The son of a TV news executive, he covered the United States Congress, the White House and breaking news for a Washington news service in the early 1980s. When Robert Altman needed a real news cameraman to appear in TANNER '88, he hired Pfister as an actor. The producers saw his footage and brought him on as second unit cameraman, his first exposure to dramatic material.
Pfister pursued his new interest at the AFI Conservatory where he collaborated with classmates on SENZENI NA? (1990), a dark look at apartheid, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Janusz Kaminski (AFI Class of 1987), the 2010 recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, saw the film and recruited Pfister to work with Roger Corman and Phedon Papamichael.
Today, Pfister is perhaps best known for his collaboration with director Christopher Nolan, which spans every motion picture Nolan has directed since MEMENTO (2000), including INSOMNIA (2002); BATMAN BEGINS (2005); THE PRESTIGE (2006); THE DARK KNIGHT (2008); INCEPTION (2010), for which Pfister received the Academy Award; and this summer's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012). His recent works also included MONEYBALL (2011) and the documentary MARLEY (2012), now in theaters. He has been nominated for four Oscars and was twice nominated for the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
Pfister is currently in pre-production on his directorial debut for Alcon Entertainment.
AFI Alumni Contribute to AFI Awards 2011 Selections
Congratulations to the 19 AFI Conservatory alumni for their creative contributions to the motion pictures and television programs to be honored at AFI Awards 2011 in January. Click here to read the list.