Learn from a Hollywood First Assistant what it takes to assist the worlds’ finest Directors 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.

One of the industry's leading authorities guides students through the structure of the camera crew and their responsibilities, the procedures and techniques that a camera assistant must know to work on features, commercials, documentaries, and music videos. Through practical exercises and demonstrations, students learn how to prep a camera package prior to a shoot. Using the latest film and digital camera technology from Arri and Panavision, students learn to assemble a camera, select the correct settings and to pull focus. By the end of the week students will be able to operate a fluid and gear head, assemble dolly track, make dolly moves, shoot hand held and effectively use other forms of camera support equipment.

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.

Students in the July workshop will be working with Panasonic Varicam 4K  cinema camera, as well as the Panavised Arri ALEXA cinema camera and Millenium film camera from Panavision. It is recommended that students enter the course with a knowledge of basic camera fundamentals and may consider taking 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


Potential instructors for this workshop include...

Bill Coe

Alan Disler

Brad Edmiston

Bob Hall

Greg Luntzel

Dominik Mainl

Richie Masino

Mark Spath

Harry Zimmerman

...among many more!


Dominik Mainl

Born and raised in Germany, Dominik Mainl received his technical education at ARRI Munich and subsequently started freelancing as a documentary camera technician until 1998 when he moved to Los Angeles. Rather than training to become a Director of Photography, his interests were centered on incorporating new and existing camera-support technologies into a fast and efficient workflow on set, paving the way into a successful career as a focus puller.

Among his credits are motion pictures such as Transformers, FAME, G.I. Joe, Underworld: Awakening, and The Losers;  television series United States of Tara, Homeland and True Blood; and countless commercials and music videos, captured on all formats from 35mm film, IMAX to high definition and 3D. He is currently working on the new television series SIX in Wilmington, NC which is set to air late 2016 and follows a storyline depicting Navy Seal Team 6 in action at home and abroad.


Brad Edmiston

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Brad Edmiston has been a Camera Assistant for more than 35 years, working with many 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.  He then 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; The Karate Kid (Brad’s first feature), The Karate Kid 2, The Dead (John Huston’s last directorial job), Sliver, Seven, Jingle all the Way, The X Files Movie, Zoolander, and Shark Night 3-D. 

Brad’s recent work includes numerous commercials, 2 seasons of the TV show, Southland, 1 season of the TV show, Terrier’s,  and the short-lived TV show, Ironside.   Also, he had done 2nd Unit work on Captain America, Fast and Furious 7, and Ant-Man.  


Course Dates

Jul 17 to Jul 23
Sep 25 to Oct 1



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