Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, whose work has been featured in "Brokeback Mountain," "The Wolf Of Wall Street," "Argo" and other films, begins his involvement as the 2016-17 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with the screening of one of his earlier projects, Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution."
The screening is one of the many ways Prieto, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, will be working at TFT, beginning this month with hands-on student workshops and continuing throughout the academic year.
This is the 17th year of the residency program, which is sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company. Prieto joins a distinguished group of cinematographers who have received this honor, including John Bailey, ("American Gigolo," "In The Line Of Fire"); Dean Cundey, ("Back To The Future," "Jurassic Park"); Roger Deakins, ("No Country For Old Men," "Skyfall"); Guillermo Navarro ("From Dusk To Dawn," "Pan’s Labyrinth") and Dante Spinotti ("Hercules," "Tower Heist," "Public Enemies"), among many others.
“As cinematographers, we manipulate light and utilize composition, texture, color and movement in an attempt to capture the essence of something very elusive: emotional truth,” Prieto says. “Even with fictional characters in make-believe costumes and sets, our goal is to transport the viewer into emotional states that feel authentic and palpable. Film negative is an essential tool for cinematographers to reproduce the subtle nuances of feelings on actor’s faces, as well as to create visual environments to embody these emotions. I am deeply honored and very grateful to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Kodak for naming me Cinematographer-in-Residence. I hope to continue the exploration of the expressive nature of cinematography along with the students and faculty at UCLA TFT.”
The Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence Program was established in 2000 by UCLA TFT Professor William McDonald to bring together the worlds of professional and academic cinematography, exposing theater, film and television students to critically acclaimed industry veterans who have attained the highest levels of achievement within the filmmaking industry. Students study with these experts for an entire academic year through a series of workshops and screenings.
“The excellence of Rodrigo’s work speaks for itself and we couldn’t be more pleased that he has agreed to be our cinematographer-in-residence this year,” McDonald says. “It is inevitable that our students will learn immensely from his vast expertise and expert guidance. We are truly appreciative of his efforts on their behalf.”
A screening of Ang Lee’s "Lust, Caution" starts at 8 p.m. tonight at the Darren Star Screening Room at UCLA TFT, followed by a Q&A with Prieto. Tickets are free but space is limited, so RSVP here.