Tisch West: DP Video-Conference Q&A with Zach Kuperstein

Zack Kuperstein

Do you have a strong appreciation for lighting composition? Does perfect shot framing enhance your ability to enjoy a film you’re watching? Have you ever wondered what goes into creating those inspiring images? Join Tisch West and professional cinematographer and Tisch alum, Zach Kuperstein '11 (BFA, Film & TV) for an in-depth conversation on the role of DP on August 12, 5 PM PT. Interviewed by talent agent and NYU alum, Sam Goss '16 (MA, Cinema Studies), topics will include everything from establishing connections and branching your network, to preparing for distant travel work and planning for all manner of shooting conditions.


Zach Kuperstein, a New York-based cinematographer listed among Variety’s Artisan Elites, has a passion for problem solving. With his never-say-never attitude and an eye for stunning imagery, he has lifted many narratives off the page and onto the screen. He burst onto the field with the southern gothic film, "The Eyes of My Mother", premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. His work earned him nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Camerimage International Film Festival. Kuperstein followed up with "Jonathan", a dark sci-fi tale, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Since then he’s lensed six more features including "The Climb", winning the jury’s heart award at 2019’s Cannes Film Festival followed by screenings at Telluride, Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival alongside his most recent work, "The Vigil".  Both films will be making their way to theaters around the world soon.