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#1 dewi bungsu

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 05:02 AM

Hi,,my name is dewi bungsu. I'm an indonesian student currently working as trainee, as a 2nd camera assistant. I'm looking for a good school of cinematography in Australia or UK. I've found a few of them such as NFTS and AFTRS but am just wondering if there're still other good schools which specifically teach ONLY cinematography. It doesn't have to be MA, because I would definitely do a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Could anyone please give me an information about that? I would really appreciate it.
Thanks a ton guys =)


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Posted 10 January 2008 - 07:20 AM

Hmm...I don't know if there are any schools or full time courses in the UK that teach only cinematography, at least I've never heard of any. Maybe someone else here knows different...
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 03:24 PM

Hi,,my name is dewi bungsu. I'm an indonesian student currently working as trainee, as a 2nd camera assistant. I'm looking for a good school of cinematography in Australia or UK. I've found a few of them such as NFTS and AFTRS but am just wondering if there're still other good schools which specifically teach ONLY cinematography. It doesn't have to be MA, because I would definitely do a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Could anyone please give me an information about that? I would really appreciate it.
Thanks a ton guys =)


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Hi Dewi.

I've just done the MA at AFTRS in Cinematography. I don't it gets any more specific than 2 years of cinematography !

AFTRS would probably be the best film school in Australia and one of the best resourced and specialised. I know VCA in Melbourne have a cinematography stream, but it's almost like an add on to the main course you are doing with them, which is general and mainly oriented towards directors and writers.

AFTRS have a dedicated cinematography degree and work at a very high and intensive pace. There are only 4 students each year, so you get a great deal of attention. I don't think there are any film schools that only teach Cinematography exclusively.


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#4 dewi bungsu

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:14 AM

Hi Dewi.

I've just done the MA at AFTRS in Cinematography. I don't it gets any more specific than 2 years of cinematography !

AFTRS would probably be the best film school in Australia and one of the best resourced and specialised. I know VCA in Melbourne have a cinematography stream, but it's almost like an add on to the main course you are doing with them, which is general and mainly oriented towards directors and writers.

AFTRS have a dedicated cinematography degree and work at a very high and intensive pace. There are only 4 students each year, so you get a great deal of attention. I don't think there are any film schools that only teach Cinematography exclusively.


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thank you so much for the reply..

btw, i found out couple days ago,,there's a school called International Film School Sydney that has Cinematographym programme in Advanced Diploma..
do you anything about it? or is it doing any good??
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#5 John Brawley

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

thank you so much for the reply..

btw, i found out couple days ago,,there's a school called International Film School Sydney that has Cinematographym programme in Advanced Diploma..
do you anything about it? or is it doing any good??
cheers

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I don't know the school well, but looking at their website, I'd say that it wouldn't compare to the AFTRS degree, simply looking at the teaching staff. I think with AFTRS you'd end up shooting at a lot higher level and simply because of the other specialisations you would work with, For example, they have a set construction department at AFTRS that builds sets for the production designers. i don't think the IFS would be resourced to the same level.

It also used to be that you had to be an Australian citizen to attend AFTRS, but I know they are just in the middle of changing that, as well as moving to a brand new campus at Fox Studios.

The AFTRS cinematography alumni is also pretty impressive and they often get former students to come though and have hold cine workshops.

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#6 Morgan Peline

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 04:03 PM

Just a note. NFTS in England does have a specialised Cinematography dept. - they take 6-7 students a year.

Good luck!
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 12:37 AM

I don't know the school well, but looking at their website, I'd say that it wouldn't compare to the AFTRS degree, simply looking at the teaching staff.


Yeah,,i know i cannot compare IFS to AFTRS...but the thing is i'm an international student.
so i would have to apply for PR to get into AFTRS.
oh well,,,i guess i'll just have to wait huh??hehe..
thanks btw
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#8 John Brawley

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 12:58 AM

Yeah,,i know i cannot compare IFS to AFTRS...but the thing is i'm an international student.
so i would have to apply for PR to get into AFTRS.
oh well,,,i guess i'll just have to wait huh??hehe..
thanks btw
cheers


Dewi, AFTRS is moving next year to a new campus and are totoally revamping their degree's. I belive part of that revamp is dropping the requirement to be an australian citizen or have permanent residency. Of course, you'll still have to pay whereas local's are fully funded.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 08:57 AM

Just a note. NFTS in England does have a specialised Cinematography dept. - they take 6-7 students a year.

Good luck!

I'm going through the tough decision of the NFTS and the London film school...

I'd like to go to the NFTS (mainly because Roger Deakins went there..) but it's on the other side of London and would land me with a huge student loan to pay back. (accommodation etc.)

The London film school is affordable but doesn't seem quite as good. (good, just not as good.)
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 11:53 AM

I'm going through the tough decision of the NFTS and the London film school...

I'd like to go to the NFTS (mainly because Roger Deakins went there..) but it's on the other side of London and would land me with a huge student loan to pay back. (accommodation etc.)

The London film school is affordable but doesn't seem quite as good. (good, just not as good.)


Would strongly suggest NFTS. Worked on several LFS shoots - good. But not as good. ,)
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 04:48 PM

NFTS is undoubtedly the most reputable.

But (unless they've moved it) it's at Beaconsfield. . . . .

Lovely little town ( I grew up not far from there), but I once saw a piece of graffiti in the toilet there. It said:

"if die I must, I would rather die at Beaconsfield, where the transition between life and death would be scarcely noticeable".

I was sometimes reminded of that on the journey (in Sydney) out to AFTRS - also out of town, away from the "action". "The Edge of the Known Universe" is a label they wear with some degree of irony.

It's one of the reasons why they are moving into town, next to Fox studios.

It's possibly one of the great reasons to go to London International Film School - you can't get much more central London than that.

So far as Sydney is concerned, the Sydney International Film School is a very nice little operation - but quite small. The director is a screenwriter and script editor by background, so the school is driven that way rather more than the technology and operating side (not that they are deficient in production strength at all). Maybe not the ideal choice if you are looking exclusively for cinematography though.
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 12:48 PM

NFTS is undoubtedly the most reputable.

But (unless they've moved it) it's at Beaconsfield. . . . .


But in the end of the day it takes, like what, 25-30 mins to get to Central London? Same as going from Canary Wharf to Baker Street.

But Deakins, Coen's and Burton as lecturers is worth it. Isn't it?
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#13 Damien Bhatti

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:19 AM

The London film school is affordable but doesn't seem quite as good. (good, just not as good.)



I thought that the LFS is around £9k per year?
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