Ellen Kuras, cinematographer for “Be Kind Rewind,” “He Got Game,” “Wormwood,” “Bamboozled,” and so much more, was live on Filmmaker U on August 7, 2020. She discussed her work, shooting fiction vs. documentaries and so much more!
About Ellen Kuras, ASC: Ellen is an American cinematographer whose body of work includes narrative and documentary films, music videos and commercials in both the studio and independent worlds. One of few female members of the American Society of Cinematographers, she is a pioneer best known for her work in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). She has collaborated with directors such as Michel Gondry, Spike Lee, Sam Mendes, Jim Jarmusch, Rebecca Miller, Martin Scorsese and more. She is the three-time winner of the Award for Excellence in Dramatic Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, for her films “Personal Velocity: Three Portraits,” “Angela and Swoon,” which was her first dramatic feature after getting her start in political documentaries.
In 2008, she released her directorial debut, “The Betrayal” (Nerakhoon), which she co-directed, co-wrote, co-produced and shot. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009. In 2010, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking for the film.
About Filmmaker U: Before the age of digital mentorship played a key role in film crews, post crews, and filmmaker’s career development. Places like the cutting room were hubs for passing on techniques, ideas, war stories, teamwork, and developing relationships that would help you evolve your career. You would move from trainee to assistant, and eventually, the day would come where you became a full-fledged DP, Editor, Filmmaker, or any other position in the film industry.
Pro’s who had worked years and were coming close to the end of their career delighted in sharing the knowledge, techniques, tricks, and ideas, they had learned over the decades. However, with this digital age, young film professionals are thrust into positions without having the chance to learn from those at the top of their game.
Filmmaker U was created to help fill this void in the modern day film industry. This online education series will bring the best in the business from behind the camera, to any aspiring media artist who can no longer obtain this type of apprenticeship.
Our recent classes include Oscar-winning Sound Designer Eugene Gearty (“Life of Pi,” “Hugo,” “The Irishman”), Colorist Eric Whipp (“Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Happy Feet 2”), Oscar-nominiated Editor/Director Sam Pollard (“4 Little Girls,” “When the Levees Broke”), Cinematographer/Director Kirsten Johnson (Citizen Four,” “Farenheit 9/11,” “Cameraperson”), and multi Emmy-winner Brian Kates, ACE (“Treme,” “The Savages,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.)
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