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The best cinematographers are here!

They’re brilliant, they’re the best and they’re here to tell all. For 3 days learn techniques from the legends themselves with practical sessions on everything cinematography.

9 world-class Cinematographers reveal how to CREATE SUPERIOR LOOKING FILMS TO FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND CAREER. It’s time to discover the secrets and brilliance that went into making the films we love.

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“The sessions really surpassed my expectations. Hard facts and techniques – easy to remember and apply with outstanding results. CineSummit really delivered!”

-Sheldon Norton

Ummm… Star Wars!?!? Ummm…. Alien!?!?
Meet the Man Who Created the “look” of Star Wars AND Alien

You’re in for a treat. A BIG treat. When it comes to ONE movie that’s changed filmmaking forver, it’s Star Wars. In fact, it’s not even close.

So when it was time to book this year’s keynote speaker - there was one person at the top of the list. Roger Christian.

Yes - THAT Roger Christian.

The Roger Christian who (literally) created the lightsaber. The Roger Christian who also was responsible for the look of Alien.

During this exclusive CineSummit session, Roger opens up about the real “secrets” to creating a look that’ll transform your film without breaking your budget.

Some highlights include…

  • How he created the lightsaber (and why it might never happen in 2017 and beyond)
  • How to give your films a sense of “realism”.. Even on a shoestring budget.
  • The TRUTH about breaking into Hollywood (the answer might surprise you)
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When, what and how.
Day 1 - March 20


Watch, enjoy and learn from these 3 sessions throughout the day... they will be up for 24 hours.

The Hollywood Problem Solver

Duct-tape, and how it can produce an award winner: Making it work no matter what

Filip Zumbrunn

"55 Steps", "Chinese Widow", "Misericorde"

A Storyteller’s checklist

How to use cinematography to get your audience’s attention - and keep it

Jared Fadel

"Sleep Well My Baby", "Elise", Lamborgini

Nature: A Cinematographers best friend

How to make the most of this extra character

Hermes Marco AEC

"Runoff", "Toastmaster"
Day 2 - March 21


Ryan Connolly is the creator of the wildly popular show Film Riot and is, perhaps, the most influential new voice of filmmaking today. With his online videos reaching millions of filmmakers - he’s ushering in the next generation of directing.

In the old days, you needed connections, lots of money, lots of expensive gear or all three. But that’s no longer the case. And in this session, Ryan will show you how to create a jaw-dropping film on even the smallest budget.

Day 2 - March 21


Watch, enjoy and learn from these 3 sessions throughout the day... they will be up for 24 hours.

All Natural Cinematography

Making a kick-ass film by removing the clutter, freeing the actor and finding the right light

Niels Thastum

"Borg/McEnroe", Nike, Carlsberg

Doc vs. Feature

Take your film to the next level by switching these rules around

Nadim Carlsen

"What Will People Say", "Holiday"

Behind the scenes of a Student Academy Award winner

Obtaining big budget with small dollars

Alan Poon

"Gatekeeper", "Kodachrome", "Under"
Day 3 - March 22


Watch, enjoy and learn from these 3 sessions throughout the day... they will be up for 24 hours.

Understand Your film

The choices that make or break a masterpiece

Edu Grau

"The Gift", Adidas, Zara, Redbull

The Commercial

The tools you need to create a mini feature

Sasha Miasnikova

Nivea, Sony, Samsung, Yandex

The Film Look

Learn how to get it from a true Master

Karim Hussain CSC

"We Are Still Here", "The Beautiful Beast"
It’s Time to get ahead, it’s time to learn from the greats.
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Making the most of LUTs: The most boring becomes the most beautiful.


Framing: When to dispose of the classics for better storytelling


Lenses: Everything you need to know to give your film its “look”


Own your frame: The lighting trick the masters use to force the viewers attention


The importance of haze: Everything you think you know is about to be smoked away.


Leave your lighting kit at home: How to use practical lighting to get that cinematic look.


Turn your garage into a studio: With these tips, any set can look like its worth millions.


The search for the right light: Finding the perfect location that does the lighting for you.


Make them scream: Building suspense and making the right shot selections.


Making a commercial: The most important shot and how to make it breathtaking


Choosing your lens: The number one rule that will truly create the “film look”.


What to do when you need an elk: Afford the things you think are out of your reach.

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Aviv Vana is the founder of CineSummit, a filmmaking event and website that focuses on connecting our community with some of the most accomplished artists working in the industry.

Since 2013 he has brought on filmmakers who have worked on projects ranging from AMC's "Mad Men," and films like Melancholia, Terminator, and Margin Call, to top commercial work for brands like Nike, Apple and BMW. He's the host of the CineSummits and blogs regularly on techniques that propel filmmakers to the ultimate goal of mastering their craft. Aviv also interviews many seasoned veterans on the site, where everyday filmmakers can get a peak into the inner working of those that are leading in the field.