SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Dejan Georgevich, ASC





Cinematographer/Director

Perhaps it all started when I struggled to carry a 16mm Bell & Howell film projector half my size down the hallways of Hillside elementary school. The thrill and power of the illuminated image on a giant screen captivating several hundred spellbound kids was the start of my lifelong journey into the world of cinema.

As a director/cinematographer, I love the diversity of experience working in features, television, documentaries, or commercials as each genre informs the other that enriches my work.  I see my role as a guardian of the visual image and storyteller translating from the written word to a visual grammar.

My most recent work as director of photography ranges from dramatic TV series, Elementary, Mercy to high profile documentaries, Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s NY or PBS special, A Wayfarer’s Journey: Listening to Mahler.  My awards include Hamptons International Film Festival Best Picture (Crossing Fields), Emmy nomination for My Sergei (CBS); a Gold Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival, and more than 20 other awards from major international and domestic film festivals.

I’ve had the unique privilege working with exceptional people including Oscar winning actors, Richard Dreyfuss, Marcia Gaye Harden, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Kline, Rita Moreno, and filming Nelson Mandela in the Emmy awarded HBO documentary feature, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World in a secret location just weeks before he became the first freely elected President of South Africa.

As a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), National Executive Board member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, IATSE, and Directors Guild of America (DGA), I’m committed to giving back to the “next generation” of motion picture artists and technicians that which was given to me when I first started.

My primary objective for students is to help each individual further develop and refine his/her “creative voice” in the art of visual storytelling employing both film and digital mediums. Creativity cannot flourish without a serious commitment to achieving a high level of technical competency in the craft of motion picture production. Simply put, the road to mastering the “craft” requires hard work, sweat, and dedication.

It’s my hope that students will learn to cultivate and practice the “Three W’s.”  In other words, “it’s what you know, who you know, and who knows about you” that will determine your success in the highly competitive motion picture arena.


BA, University of Denver; MFA, New York University

Crossing Fields; Woo; Satan’s Little Helper; The Emperor’s Club; Follow Me Outside; The Beatle Fan; A Zen Tale; Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street; Love Thy Neighbor; Mirrors

Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival; Ciné Golden Eagle; Gold Medal, Houston Film Festival; Best Picture Award, Hamptons International Film Festival; Gold Medal, International Film and Television Festival of New York; Krakow Film Festival; Sedona Film Festival; Emmy Award; 2012 Deluxe Bud Stone Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions to the Art and Craft of Cinematography given by the International Cinematographers Guild.

Advanced Lighting and Cinematography I

Advanced Production I