Camera Operator

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 exercises based on 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 16 & 35mm film and HD camera systems, 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 teamwork, shot procedures, crew communication, set etiquette and vocabulary while acquiring 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.


- David Rosa, St. Sauveur, Quebec

Workshop sponsored by:  


Amy Vincent, ASC

Amy Vincent is a cinematographer with more than 60 feature film and television credits including Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, and Eve’s Bayou.

She won the Vision Award at the Sundance Film Festival for Hustle & Flow, and has been nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Cinematography.  In 2001 she won the Women in Film Kodak Vision Award for outstanding achievements in cinematography and for collaborating and assisting women in the entertainment industry

Ms. Vincent is a member of the America Society of Cinematographers, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) in 2004.