Drown In Mirrors

An AFI Thesis Film

American Film Institute Conservatory

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory , a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers. The Conservatory is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program. Established in 1969, the two-year Master of Fine Arts program provides training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Admission to AFI Conservatory is highly selective, with a maximum of only 140 graduates per year.


Notable Alumni

Andrea Arnold (Directing '91) ; FISH TANK, AMERICAN HONEY

Darren Aronofsky (Directing '92) ; BLACK SWAN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

David Lynch (Directing '70);  BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Terrence Malick (Directing '69) ;  BADLANDS, THE TREE OF LIFE 

Sam Esmail (Directing '04) ;MR. ROBOT, COMET


Pieter Jan Brugge (Producing '79);  HEAT, THE INSIDER

Anne Garefino (Producing '88) SOUTH PARK, BOOK OF MORMON 

Steve Golin (Producing  '81); BABEL, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT


Brad Falchuk (Screenwriting '94) ;AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GLEE, NIP/TUCK

Scott Frank (Screenwriting '84);MINORITY REPORT, OUT OF SIGHT

Susannah Grant (Screenwriting '91) ; ERIN BROCKOVICH, THE SOLOIST


Janusz Kamiński (Cinematography '87); BRIDGE OF SPIES, SCHINDLER'S LIST, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

 Matthew Libatique (Cinematography '92); IRON MAN,  REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

Wally Pfister (Cinematography '88) ;BATMAN BEGINS, INCEPTION, MEMENTO

Robert Richardson (Cinematography'79) ;DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE HATEFUL EIGHT


Bryan Felty (Production Design '92) ; BLACK MASS, THE HEAT (both as art director)

Andrew Max Cahn (Production Design '92); THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PARTS 1 and 2, THE HANGOVER (both as art director)

Sharon Seymour (Production Design '84) ; ARGO, THE TOWN

 


Christopher Gay (Editing '06) ; 12 MONKEYS, MAD MEN

Affonso Gonçalves (Editing '93); BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, CAROL,  

Steven Rosenblum (Editing '76); BRAVEHEART, THE LAST SAMURAI