The Camera Assistant Workshop

Learn from a Master Hollywood First Assistant what it takes to assist the worlds’ finest Director’s of Photography.

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. 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.

Update March 7, 2014:  ARRI has confirmed they will be bringing the ALEXA XT Plus and the AMIRA to the July 13 session.

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

Workshop sponsored by: ARRI link Panavision link 


Brad Edmiston

Brad Edmiston has been a camera assistant for more than 30 years, working with directors of photography including Dante Spinotti, Vilmos Zsigmond, Conrad Hall, Fred Murphy, and Darius Khondji. Brad started as a film loader for Universal Studios’ Camera Department in 1974, and worked as a second assistant until 1980, when he moved up to first assistant for the hit TV show Dynasty. His credentials since include feature films, such as Seven (1995), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Zoolander (2001), and Birdy (1984), as well as television productions, including pilots, commercials, and music videos. 

Greg Lunzel

Bio coming soon.