New Appointment of Head of Camera at London Film School


Timo Heinänen F.S.C., cinematographer and previously a professor at Aalto University, Finland, will join London Film School as Head of Camera on April 16, 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).

Commenting on this appointment, Heinänen said:

“I'm honoured to be appointed as Head of Camera at one of Europe's oldest film educators: London Film School. 

Telling stories via moving pictures is such a universal expression and an exciting, collaborative art form. Particularly when taught in a multicultural environment such as LFS, where hands-on film education is steeped in tradition. For over three decades I worked on my craft as cinematographer, yet I am still thrilled when I consider how unique and expressive film can be. The rapid evolution of technology offers new options for visual storytelling on a large scale - whether via high-end cameras, affordable DSLRs or mundane mobile phones. Lying at the heart of film are telling stories and provoking emotions via the medium of technology. 

As traditional film language does not apply within each emerging format, we, storytellers, have to be prepared to learn different ways as technology continually challenges the way filmmaking is taught. Throughout my own continuous learning, my doctoral thesis ’Cinematographer’s Canvas – Exploring Cinematic Image With Borders’ focuses on artistic process of cinematographers when working with different aspect ratios. I'm keen to share my knowledge on cinematography and filmmaking in general with students and staff at London Film School. For me, a film school is a place where not only tradition is cherished, but a unique chance to take a sharp look into the future. Whilst doing so, I am very keen to help LFS students find their own paths as future filmmakers “

Gisli Snaer, Acting CEO and Director of LFS said: “We are excited to welcome Timo to London Film School. Timo’s wealth of filmmaking and teaching experience will complement our developing curriculum. The energy and knowledge he will bring to London Film School is inspiring. Timo will join us at a moment of increased student momentum and cutting-edge filmmaking whilst the School moves into a new phase."


About London Film School (LFS)

LFS attracts is one of Europe's longest established filmmaking establishments, producing over 180 films annually. Alumni are established in film and television in more than eighty countries, ranging from world-renowned filmmakers such as Michael Mann, Ann Hui and Duncan Jones to writers David Thomson and Iain Sinclair as well as emerging talents like Gonzalo Maza who won the prestigious Silver Bear, and tutor Rafael Kapelinski, who took a Crystal Bear for Best Film at the 67th Berlinale.

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