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 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. 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.
Roberto Schaefer, ASC