Cinematography is the dynamic process of capturing a vision on film. For the cinematographer, this is a synthesis of their aesthetic sensibility and technical skill.
At LFS, we teach on both photochemical and digital formats and in each term of the MA Filmmaking programme, we enable all students to take on the role of Director of Photography or Camera Operator for their film. We start by teaching the relevant theory, but most of the classes involve practical, hands-on learning of camera skills, lighting and composition: both practice and technique. These skills are combined with the working ethos of a professional crew, and from this platform we encourage cinematography as a visual means of story telling. A key element in the learning process is the critical analysis of all rushes.
Documentaries are shot on an HD format camera and our digital cinema camera for drama is the Arri Alexa. While all terms shoot on location, LFS has 2 in-house studios, each equipped with lighting rigs; Fresnel, HMI and Kinoflo lamps; and Fisher dollies for the Term 4 and 5 films.
During their time at the school, those students interested in becoming cinematographers will find many opportunities to explore and experiment further with their own cinematographic sensibilities.
Head of Camera - Timo Heinänen
Timo will join London Film School in April 2018. Heinänen’s established career as a cinematographer and educator is irreprehensible; he is skilled across features, short films, documentaries, tv and commercials for over 30 years, with deep educational practice alongside serving as deputy board member of the European Federation of Cinematographers (IMAGO) educational committee, Vice President of Finnish Society of Cinematographers (F.S.C.) and speaker at the ASC International Cinematographers Summit. Heinänen is currently in pre-production on ‘Puluboin ja Ponin leffa’ (2018).
Senior Lecturer & Interim Head of Camera - Belinda Parsons: Belinda Parsons is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked with production companies for all the major broadcasters, on social documentaries and TV dramas, including 3 feature lengths for S4C. She has contributed to a number of cinema shorts, and the British low budget award winning feature film THIN ICE. Belinda was nominated for a BAFTA, and awarded a Chicago Silver Hugo, and WFTV Samuelson Award for Technical Excellence.
Interim Head of Camera - Terry Hopkins: Terry is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and began shooting 16mm documentaries in New York in the late 1970s. His work appeared on America's PBS, Britain's BBC and Channel 4. The trend toward incorporating dramatic recreations into documentaries provided Terry with a means of linking his love of documentaries with lighting for drama. This led to his work as Camera Operator and 2nd unit DP on 35mm feature films.Three programmes or series Terry has filmed have won Emmy Awards and two have been nominated for Academy Awards (Oscars). His last project before turning to full-time teaching was a documentary on The Rolling Stones directed by Michael Apted, a two-camera shoot on which he worked with Seamus McGarvey ASC, BSC.
Camera Equipment Manager - Michael Tselepis: Prior to joining The London Film School, Michael began his career in the industry by working for a facilities house for several years. He has also been a camera assistant for several BBC 3 TV shows, a creative executive for Sky and a production assistant on Bollywood feature films. He studied Filmmaking at the Metropolitan Film school and also has a degree in Economics.
Stage Supervisor and Gaffer - Ronaldo Fagarazzi: Ronaldo has been involved in the theatre, television and film industries for almost twenty years. During that time he has worked as Lighting Designer on numerous stage productions in London, Cambridge, Brighton and the Edinburgh Festival. In 1993 he joined the lighting department at Fountain Television in Wembley, working on numerous productions, including Friends, The Fast Show and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, rising to the position of Studio Manager in 1998. In 2001 he decided to return to freelance work and was involved in a wide range of projects, including six months in the USA, where he was employed as Lighting Designer at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Centre in New York on productions which included Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Nine and The Mikado. After a tour of Britain and India with Chitraleka Dance Company on their innovative Story of C he joined the London Film School. What was originally intended to be a short-term contract has become permanent and he is now responsible for the schools lighting equipment, stages and health and safety - as well as teaching students safe use of lighting, electrics etc.