Laura Hilliard

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Media City 2.14

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Current positions

Academic Fellow in Film Production


I am fascinated by the ways we visually experience the world through light and perspective. I completed my BFA with honors in Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in cinematography and dual minors in Art History and Social and Cultural Analysis. I have worked thousands of hours as a cinematographer, camera assistant, gaffer, and grip, on film shoots. Collaborators and clients include Joan Baez, KYRA TV, Steinway Piano Factory, SNL, Snapchat, VICE, Oslo Freedom Forum, TED X, and The American Museum of Natural History.I was a finalist for the 2017 Undergraduate Volker Bahnemann Arriflex Award and the proud recipient of the 2017 Bahoric Meisel Award for Women Cinematographers.


I have taught as an adjunct professor at NYU as well as with the GAKKO Project (an experimental arts education program based between Japan and New York).

Research Interests

  • Cinematography 
  • Sensory Ethnography 
  • Performance 
  • New Media 
  • New Narrative Strategies for Climate Science Communication