Ari Golan, renown cinematographer and director met with students at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Chicago Campus on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
Ari Golan’s career has spanned the gamut from feature films and television programs to documentaries, live events and commercials for which he has received numerous awards for directing, cinematography and visual effects. Ari’s clients and projects have ranged from Netflix, MTV, VH1, AOL Television, Warner Bros., NBC and TNN to Yo Yo Ma’s Silkroad Tour, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary and The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon. Ari recently returned from New Zealand, where he worked with venerable director Peter Jackson on the production of the Hobbit 3 film.
Besides his accomplishments, Ari talked about his career and the formation of his company, Golan Productions with what later included a subsidiary known as Atomic Imaging (which specializes in animation, special event production and 3D imaging).
The presentation includes a demo reel that has some outstanding examples of production work and LED projection at its finest.
Ari has won over thirty awards and constantly strives to achieve maximum results while always pushing the envelope towards excellence. Ari talked about the special event production that Golan produced for the grand opening of the United Center on behalf of the Bulls/Blackhawks and the historical retrospective video Golan put together on behalf of McDonalds.
In Ari’s opinion, the production industry is one of the most sought after careers. He strongly suggested to the students that they bring a passion to the craft (because the competition is stiff) and continue to seek internships to develop their skills. Ari encouraged students to apply to [email protected] for an internship as a production assistant (P.A.).
Ari answered a number of student questions about the production of video games, his work as a camera man repelling over one of the coolest nightclubs in America – “Clubland” in Atlanta and the concept of “branding.”
The students of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting want to thank Mr. Golan for taking time to come to the campus and discuss his career while sharing tips on how to make an inroad into the industry.