Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Renowned cinematographer, Ellen Kuras (Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Coffee and Cigarettes, Blow)  invites ten local cinematographers and ASPIRING cinematographers for a casual sit down to talk cameras, lighting, conceptualization and everything else practical and technical in the world of cinematography.

Ellen has developed a visual sen­sitivity­ and expertise that resulted in her winning numerous awards throughout her career. “I truly believe that every movie has a unique look and my mission as a cinematographer is to create the look the director and producer are trying to portray through the written word,“ she says. “It is magical to be at the point in the creative process where the printed page comes to life through light in the physical world.“

In this creative master class Ellen, will give insight into her methods of creating a story’s visual world, using lighting and other tools of her craft which ­substantiate her uncommon vision. The day will start out with conversation over a light brunch and then move into a hand’s on practical workshop.

Interested participants are required to submit an application package (no later than FRIDAY, MAR 2, 2012) including the following:

(1) a recent film or reel on dvd

(2) a letter of interest (no more than one page) 

(3) a CV

  • Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11am-2pm
  • Venue: The Black Lodge Studio
  • Fee: $50 members of the WFG and IATSE 856 and IATSE 669 | $80 non-mem
  • Participants: 10 spots available
  • Instructor: Ellen Kuras ASC 

For more information on workshops, please contact the Training & Community Programs Coordinator at 925-3456 ext 110 or


A director of photography whose stylized work has become the standard for documentaries of late and who has demonstrated a keen lyric and oft impressionistic feel, Ellen Kuras has been a working cinematographer since 1987, dividing her time between documentaries and features, most of the latter independents. She is known for her intense work style, her insistence on interpreting the event in each scene through her camera and her use of grainy film stocks.

Raised in New Jersey, Kuras was studying Egyptology at Brown when she took a photography course at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design and became hooked. A Fullbright scholarship to Romania fell through, and when she couldn't study at the Lodz Film School in Poland, she went to Paris. Returning to the USA, she worked as an associate producer, assistant camera and even a third electrician on productions in the New York area, usually documentaries. In 1987, Kuras got a break when the cinematography who was supposed to shoot a documentary dropped out of the project and she was hired at the last minute because of her availability.

Since then, Ellen has become an award winning cinematographer with an impressive resume having shot many memorable movies, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow, Summer of Sam, and Away We Go among others, and has worked with Martin Scorcese, Spike Lee, Michel Gondry, and numerous other noteworthy directors. Ellen has earned three Emmy nominations, The Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and is a three-time recipient of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Cinematography Award, an unprecedented achievement.

Ellen’s feature The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), which she directed, shot and produced, was nominated for both the Spirit Award and Academy Award in 2009. In 2010 it won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking.

The Winnipeg Film Group acknowledges the generous contributions of the National Film Board of Canada, IATSE 856 and IATSE 669.