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Published on January 26th, 2010 | by admin

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Kirsten Johnson

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson joined NYU News & Doc’s Master Classes to discuss her filming techniques, how to shoot effectively in the field, and how she became a human tripod. She offered her experiences and anecdotes about her role as a cameraperson in a larger production, and a great deal of technical advice on camerawork.

Kirsten Johnson graduated from Brown University in 1987, with a BA in Fine Arts and Literature. After two years in West Africa working on local fiction and documentary film projects, she attended the FEMIS (the French National Film School) in Paris. Since graduating from the FEMIS cinematography department in 1994, she has directed 4 shorts and works frequently as a cinematographer. Kirsten is editing her first feature film “Foreign Body”. Her most recent film, “Deadline” (co-director and cinematographer) premiered at Sundance 2004 and was picked up for an NBC primetime broadcast (details at www.deadlinethemovie.com). “Asylum”, a short documentary, she shot in Ghana, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.

Kirsten Johnson – The Human Tripod from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.

Kirsten Johnson – Letting What Happens Happen from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.

Kirsten Johnson – Staying in the Moment from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.

Kirsten Johnson – Shooting Derrida from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.

Kirsten Johnson – The Delicate Role of a Cameraperson from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.

Kirsten Johnson – Verite Shooting from NYU News & Doc on Vimeo.


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