BFI Film Academy: How do I become a cinematographer?

A selection of the UK’s best cinematographers give their advice.

So you want to work in cinematography – but what should your next steps be? How do you get your work seen? Is doing a course useful, and if so, which ones? What qualities do you need to be a great cinematographer?

Watch the video to see Britain’s leading cinematographers, including BAFTA winner Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips), Nina Kellgren (Young Soul Rebels, Solomon & Gaenor) and Erik Wilson (Submarine, Paddington) offer their advice, and take a look at some of the resources to find out what you need to do to enter a career in cinematography.

The BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme focuses on the complete craft and workflow of different specialisms with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants will also receive bespoke careers advice. Applications will re-open in 2019.

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  • BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    Introductory hands-on filmmaking courses to build your knowledge and skills and show you the different pathways into the industry.

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