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