Learn to work on a professional Film or HD Camera Crew, as camera operator, assistant, and dolly grip under the guidance of Amy Vincent.

All forms of filmmaking, including feature films, episodic TV, documentaries, TV commercials, and music videos, whether shot on film or digital video, require a collaborative effort.

This one-week workshop is for new camera assistants and operators, filmmakers, and video professionals who want to learn to work as members of professional film crews. In lectures, screenings and demonstrations, the class covers the theory of cinematic language, composition, shot design, and the motivation for camera movement. The focus is on exercise-based real world situations to allow students to put into practice the theory covered in the Camera Operator Workshop.

The course provides valuable practical experience on film and digital cinema camera systems from Arri and Panavision, as each camera crew rotates positions to stage and executes a wide range of challenging camera shots. Instructors assign increasingly difficult shots throughout the week and each student gains experience handling the equipment, completing camera reports, following slating procedures, blocking and setting marks, and pulling focus and zooming.

Students learn how to determine and achieve the required depth of field, how to competently identify the functions in the camera menu settings, and how to select a focal length that is appropriate to the given style of camera movement. In exploring the correct camera support to use for each setup and the technique of static and moving shots, students acquire intuitive skills for moving a dolly, pulling focus, composing the frame, and following actors and action with geared and fluid heads, dollies and jib arms.

Students in this workshop will be working with the Arri ALEXA cinema camera, as well as film and digital cinema cameras from Panavision. Students should have an understanding of the structure and responsibilities of the camera department, how to identify and configure camera accessories and some previous basic operating experience.

Testimonial:

"Fantastic!"
- David Rosa, St. Sauveur, Quebec

Workshop sponsored by: 

Instructors

Roberto Schaefer, ASC

"The best way to predict the cinematographer's future is to re-invent it."
 
FEATURES
 
THE HOST Directed by: 
Andrew Niccol Inferno Entertainment,
Chockstone Pictures
THE PAPERBOY
Cannes Film Festival 2012 - Competition Directed by:
Lee Daniels Millennium Films
MACHINE GUN PREACHER Directed by:
Marc Forster Relativity Media
LEAVES OF GRASS Directed by: 
Tim Blake Nelson Millennium Films
QUANTUM OF SOLACE Directed by:
Marc Forster EON / MGM/Sony
THE KITE RUNNER Directed by: 
Marc Forster DreamWorks
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION Directed by:
Christopher Guest Castle Rock
STRANGER THAN FICTION Directed by:
Marc Forster Sony Pictures
STAY Directed by:
Marc Forster 20th Century Fox / New Regency
AT LAST Directed by:
Tom Anton Independent
FINDING NEVERLAND
Nomination, Best Cinematography BAFTA Directed by:
Marc Forster Miramax Films
MONSTER’S BALL Directed by:
Marc Forster
Lion’s Gate Films
BEST IN SHOW Directed by:
Christopher Guest
Castle Rock
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN Directed by:
Christopher Guest
Castle Rock
EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER Directed by:
Marc Forster
Furst Films
JUST YOUR LUCK Directed by:
Gary Auerbach
Propaganda Films
LOUNGERS Directed by:
Marc Forster
Tuba City Prods.
LE MOSCHE IN TESTA Directed by:
Gabriella Menozzi MVM Films, Rome
LA FINE DELLA NOTTE Directed by:
Davide Ferrario Pagnoni Films, Milan
 
 
TELEVISION (partial list)
 
 
FAMILY TREE Directed by:
Christopher Guest NBC Universal / HBO /BBC
HALLELUJAH(pilot) Directed by:
Michael Apted ABC TV
THE THICK OF IT(pilot) Directed by:
Christopher Guest ABC/Sony
ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION (pilot) Directed by:
Stephen Gyllenhaal CBS / Studios USA
NATIONAL LAMPOON (pilot) Directed by:
Troy Miller WB
DOA (pilot) Directed by:
Christopher Guest HBO
ROAD RACER(MOW) Directed by:
Robert Rodriguez Showtime
COOL AND THE CRAZY (MOW) Directed by:
Ralph Bakshi Showtime
 
 
COMMERCIAL AND MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTORS
Christopher Guest, Kinka Usher, Paul Hunter, Ray Dillman, Speck and Gordon, Michael Mann, Tom Carty, Tim Hamilton, David Shane, Vadim Perelman, Jeff Kaumeyer, Christopher Guest, Tom Foley, Chris Hooper, Martin Granger, Graham Henman, Russell Young, Leslie Libman, Russell Mulcahy, ACNE, Pat Sherman, Mike Maguire, Harry Cocciolo, Ric Cantor, Dennie Gordon, Sam Cadman, Tomas Skoging, Jesper Hiro, Jim Jenkins, Chris Smith, David McNally, Rob Cohen, Eric Joiner, Scott Z. Burns
 
 
COMMERCIALS
**Fox Sports, Groupon, Nike, American Express, Microsoft, Boeing, Burger King, Comcast, Busch Beer, Netflix, Clairol, Panasonic, Pioneer, DirecTV, ESPN, Footlocker, Ralston Purina, Suave Shampoo, Kinko's, Tide, Xerox, Suzuki, Bass Ale, DMX, MTV Promos, Ethan Allen, T Mobile, Kia, NY Times, Bell South, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Nextel, Wal-Mart, Crest, Healthy Choice, US Census, Chili’s, CA Lottery, Mercedes, RadioShack, Verizon, Cheez-It, Bud light, UPS, Money Supermarket, Daloc, Stain Master, Viagra, SPDR, Jiffy Lube, 8th Continent, Red Lion, Showtime, NFL, Blue Cross, Oscar Meyer, Chevrolet, Nature Valley, Barnes & Noble
 
 
MUSIC VIDEOS
U2, Pearl Jam, Aaliyah, Super Deluxe, Blind Melon, J.J. Cale, Belinda Carlisle, Des'ree, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl
 
 
*NOMINATION, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – BAFTA, British Academy Awards, 2005
** WINNER, GOLD LION -- Cannes Advertising Film Festival, 1998

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Course Dates

Jul 19 to Jul 25

Tuition

$2195

Class Size

24