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

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 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.





Joseph Yacoe


Cinematographer Joseph Yacoe began his career shooting music videos in the mid-1980s after graduating with a Masters Degree from California Institute of the Arts where he studied under Polish cinematography teacher Kris Malkiewicz. He shot many hundreds of music videos with artists like Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, George Michael, Lauren Hill and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.

During that time he transitioned into shooting commercials and has worked with award winning directors such as Joel Schumacher, David Fincher, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Kuntz, Roman Coppola and Herb Ritz for products like Nike, L'Oreal, BMW, Levi's, Coca-Cola, Revlon and Cover Girl.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in a small town on the North Shore of Long Island NY, Yacoe began studying photography before going into cinematography. He began his professional career as a camera assistant for award-winning documentary cinematographer and filmmaker Don Lenzer.


Course Dates

Oct 1 to Oct 7



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