Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 2)

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Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 1)

Tal Lazar (AFI Cinematography MFA‘09) on Choosing the Right Film School and the Beauty of Not Knowing (Part 1)

Tal Lazar is an award-winning cinematographer, producer, and educator who has studied and taught at some of the most prolific film schools worlwide, most notably the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) and Columbia University's School of the Arts. His films (The Unborn, Every Time I Die...

How can film school applicants enhance their creative portfolio?​

When it comes to the creative portion of your application, it's important to understand that technical proficiency is probably not what the admissions committee is really considering. Much of the time, applicants mask their storytelling inadequacies with technical proficiency. I could look at an application and see a beautifully lit scene, but I also know that when you have a great gaffer, that gaffer will make the images look really good. And when you have a great cinematographer, that cinematographer will make the director look really good...
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