Study with a Master DP and Camera Operator to capture visual performance, lighting, composition and develop your own style.
The Advanced Camera Operator steps beyond Camera Operator and introduces students to new tools. Students will receive hands on instruction to the latest equipment and accessories as well as learn to work with Directors, Actors, and Continuity. Learn your DP’s lighting style and place the camera accordingly while working your way around the lights and boom. Learn to communicate effectively with the DP and Director. Shoot to music. Dig deep into composition and aspect ratio.
  • Handheld – triangulation and the matte box
  • Dolly
  • Long lens
  • Gearhead
  • Movi Freefly
  • Movi Rig
  • Trick rigs (soccer ball, sandbag, bungee rig, etc.)
  • Doggie cam
  • Dolly track placement
  • Communication with DP and or director
  • Communication with Dolly Grip
  • Gear head vs. Joystick
  • Motivating moves
  • Helping the Focus Puller


Rodney Taylor, ASC

Cinematographer Rodney Taylor, ASC was born and raised in a small fishing village on the coast of North Carolina. While attending The University of North Carolina, he became interested in cinematography after looking through the viewfinder of a camera during a Television Production class. He began his career shooting live sports for ESPN, ABC and TBS. He moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago and began working on feature films, IMAX films and documentaries. His recent feature film projects are the recently released That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook, and Save Me, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. In 2004, Taylor shot the quiet but powerful film Swimmers, which received acclaim as an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film at the Seattle Film Festival. In 1999, Taylor was chosen for the International Cinematographers Guild Film Showcase for his work on the 35mm short film Grind.

Taylor has been the cinematographer on numerous IMAX films including: Wired to Win, a film about the Tour de France; the Academy Award nominated Alaska: Spirit of the Wild; Ride Around the World, an international cowboy film; and Michael Jordan to the Max. In 2003 Taylor received the Kodak Vision Award for his excellence and versatility in the IMAX format. He has photographed extensively in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Japan, Alaska, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Russia, Taiwan, France, and many other countries. Taylor currently lives with his daughters Chloe and Maya in Venice, California. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.


©Mark Dawson

Course Dates

Oct 5 to Oct 11




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