American Cinematographer recently announced their annual list of Rising Stars of Cinematography, highlighting nine up-and-coming cinematographers selected by a panel of ASC members and the magazine’s staff. Of these nine, two NYU Tisch alumni have been listed: Jomo Fray '18 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) and Christine Ng '06 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV).
Read more about the alumni below, and see the full list here.
“When I think about artistic inspiration, so much of it is born out of the life process,” he says. “In terms of my art, I feel like I’m most inspired when I think of certain things from my own life — like what my mother said to me when I fell down and cut my knee. I feel I draw a lot of inspiration from the more innocuous things.”
“We were staying at my grandparents’ apartment when we were living there for the year,” she recalls. “I literally walked outside and there was a film shoot happening. They were filming nights, and my parents were like, ‘Okay, you can stay up for as long as you want to watch.’ That’s a special thing for a 9-year-old, being able to stay up till whenever. The film also happened to have my favorite Chinese pop star in it. It was a little bit of just this magical feeling, and that’s when I knew I wanted to work in film.”