The role of the camera assistant is becoming increasingly important with the newly emerging technologies and constant updating of camera systems. This one-week workshop is for emerging filmmakers, camera assistants and other professionals who want a thorough education in film and HD camera technology and set procedures.
The course includes lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises using the latest 16mm, 35mm and digital camera technology from Arri and Panavision. Doug Hart, one of the industry's leading authorities, leads students through the procedures and techniques that a camera assistant must know to work on features, commercials, documentaries and music videos.
The course covers paperwork, focus theory, film formats, scene blocking, marking actors, set procedures and other practical aspects of working on a camera crew. Factory representatives and professional camera assistants provide instruction on the assembly, operation, loading, cleaning, and routine maintenance of each camera system. Students learn to make lens changes and adjustments, check out a package, complete a camera report, fill in a slate, check a film gate, operate a video assist, pull focus and handle a zoom control, and set up an HD camera system with cine-style accessories.
It is recommended to take the Camera Operator workshop as a follow-up to this workshop.
"It is a thorough and meticulous scrutiny of every aspect of being a camera assistant that provides a wealth of knowledge"
- Austin, Savannah, GA
"It is definitely good for career advancement. You will learn from the industry veteran that many things are not in any textbook."
- Weizhour, Mountain View, CA