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Presented by Michael Goi, ASC
2 to 4 p.m. - Auditorium

Join world-renowned cinematographer Michael Goi, ASC (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “My Name Is Earl”) as he discusses and demonstrates the artistic concept behind the approach to American Horror Story visuals and how he uses simple lights to bring about that concept. He will also share general information on being a cinematographer in movies and television today, how to build a career and how to get started.

Michael Goi, ASC, ISC was born and raised in Chicago. When he was eight years old, he convinced his parents to buy him an 8 mm camera which he used to make movies with the help of neighborhood kids, then saved enough money to upgrade to a 16 mm Bolex camera when he was 14. He was active in forming Lane Technical High School’s Cinematography Club while a student there, and attended Columbia College from 1976 to 1980, graduating as valedictorian. Michael worked as a part time instructor at Columbia while simultaneously shooting television commercials and feature documentaries for PBS such as “Wrapped In Steel” and “Fired Up: The Story Of Public Housing.”

Ultimately, his desire to shoot feature films resulted in the opportunity to shoot the horror film “Moonstalker” in Reno, Nevada in 1987. He wrote the screenplay for the action film “Chains,” his second feature credit as a director of photography. Michael has since compiled over 60 credits, including films for cinema and television screens such as “American Horror Story,” “Glee,” and “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.” He has received Emmy nominations for “Glee”, “My Name Is Earl” and “American Horror Story: Asylum.” He was nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award for the telefilms “The Fixer” and “Judas” and for the pilot “The New Normal” and the mini-series “American Horror Story: Asylum”. He recently wrote and directed the dramatic feature film “Megan Is Missing” about the subject of internet predators, and demonstrated lighting concepts for ice and snow to Disney animators for the film “Frozen.”

Michael Goi is a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, served on the Board Of Governors of the ASC, and is the editor of the 10th Edition of the ASC Manual. He speaks about and demonstrates the craft of cinematography at many seminars, including appearances at the American Film Institute, the University of Southern California and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is a member of the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild and a member of the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences and the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. He regularly mentors students for various industry programs. An unrepentant film buff, he currently has over 16,000 movies in his personal collection.


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"Odd Way Home" was chosen as the opening night film for 2014 WSIFF. It was written and directed by Rajeev NIrmalakhandan, a professor at NMSU's Creative Media Institute. The film stars Rumer Willis, Chris Marquette, Brandan Sexton III, Veronica Cartwright and Bruce Altman.

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