Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Leading Cinematographer Michael Goi to Visit UNO

A leading cinematographer visits the University of New Orleans on Sunday to talk to film students about the making of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Join Us!

The University of New Orleans Film and Theater Department, together with Eastman Kodak, invite you to join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Robert E. Nims Theatre for a talk by leading cinematographer Michael Goi about his work on American Horror Story: Freak Show. 

American Horror Story is an award-winning horror television series now in its fourth season. Each season is presented as an individual miniseries, centered around a unique set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end. Now in its fourth season, the series subtitled "Freak Show" is set in 1952 in Jupiter, Fla.

On Sunday, leading cinematographer Michael Goi visits the UNO film department to discuss production of the spooky series, which earned 17 Emmy nominations in its debut season, including one for Outstanding Movie or Miniseries.

Goi's talk will take place in the University's Robert E. Nims Theatre, a surround-sound state-of-the-art theater with 4K projector allowing a major motion picture audience experience. He is expected to discuss the series he has directed, filmed and produced for the past four seasons.

"I'll be demonstrating some of the lighting techniques we've used from all four seasons as well," said Goi, in a tweet on social media.

A Long and Storied Career

Goi, a native Chicagoan who graduated in 1980 as valedictorian from Columbia College, studied film as an undergraduate, then taught lighting and basic film techniques for three years at his alma mater, according to his IMDb biography.

While teaching, Goi served as director of photography and editor on feature-length documentaries for PBS. ("Wrapped In Steel" examined the steel industry in southeast Chicago and subsequent decline of the neighborhoods and families. "Fired Up! The Story of Public Housing in Chicago," won the young filmmaker an Emmy.)

Soon, Goi took his skills to advertising, where he directed photography and local spots for national clients such as Quaker Oats, Coca-Cola, Chrysler and McDonald's. Success led to national and international work, as well as several Clio awards.

He opened a fashion photography studio that produced editorial and advertising fashion layouts. Then feature films "took center stage," according to his bio. In 1987 Goi was asked to serve as director of photography on Moonstalker, a low-budget horror film shot in Reno, Nevada. He moved to Los Angeles in 1990.

For the last 25 years, Goi has worked steadily on a variety of projects, earning some 50 narrative credits for feature films and episodic television programs, according to Eastman Kodak, his current employer.

Goi earned ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards nominations for the telefilms The Fixer (1999) and Judas (2005), which he produced for Showtime, Paramount and ABC. Goi received the first Best Cinematography Award given by the Portland Festival of World Cinema in 2001 for his work on the independent feature What Matters Most.

In 2008, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the television series My Name Is Earl. Four years later he also earned an Emmy nomination for his work on Glee. Goi also wrote and directed the dramatic feature film Megan Is Missing, which aired in 2011 and deals with the subject of internet predators and abducted children.

When not filming, Goi "devotes his spare time to extensions of his teaching background, donating his insights to seminars for IATSE Local 600, Cal State Northridge, the Maine Photographic Workshops and his alma mater Columbia College," according to his bio. "He is actively involved in mentoring students interested in cinematography as a career."

Through Eastman Kodak, Goi regularly participates in a series called "Ask a Filmmaker."

Goi, who has served three terms as president of the American Society of Cinematographers, visited UNO in January to talk about his work on American Horror Story: Coven. He also fielded questions about his work on Glee.

"He was very popular," said Associate Professor of Film John Hampton "Hamp" Overton, who invited everyone to the Nims Theatre on Sunday.


Sneak Preview

Michael Goi, ASC Discusses American Horror Story at UNO

(In this YouTube video produced by Kodak Motion Picture Film, cinematographer Michael Goi discusses his work on American Horror Story and Glee while visiting the University of New Orleans in January 2014.)

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