Camera Department Certification Course

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  • This course is open for 12 weeks
  • 25 lesson series
  • Certificate of completion
  • 3 hours, 37 minutes of video

$179.00

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About this Course

The camera is the window that connects the audience to the world of the story, creating an emotional tone through the technical settings of focus, exposure, shutter speeds, lens choice, and camera movement. The camera crew on a television or feature film set is responsible for building, moving, and operating the camera, translating the cinematographer’s vision into the movie frame. In this course, you will learn the fundamental skills needed to break into the camera department, including:

  • The duties and responsibilities of each member of the camera department
  • The components of a professional Cine camera
  • How to build and test a professional camera package
  • How to test a lens
  • How to prep a camera for a walkaway
  • The types of tripods and sliders
  • How the imaging sensor and ISO work
  • Frame rates, and how they affect the image
  • How to expose a shot
  • f-stops and T-stops
  • How to work with neutral density filters
  • How to work with polarizers
  • How to set and maintain focus
  • Lens focal length
  • How to work with the depth of field
  • Considerations when moving the camera
  • How to mark actors
  • How to prepare camera logs
  • How to manage media

Your instructors in this course are veteran Hollywood filmmakers, and include:

DAVID STUMP, ASC
Academy Award Winning Cinematographer
As an Academy-Award winning cinematographer and two-time Emmy nominee, David has worked on "American Gods," "Breaking Bad," "X-Men," Hollow Man," and is the technical chair of the ASC.

BLAIN BROWN
Cinematographer, Author,
"Cinematography: Theory and Practice" and "Motion Picture and Video Lighting"

RICK TAYLOR
Camera Operator,
"Don Jon", "The Price of Happiness", "Timecode", "Perfect Game", "Team Knight Rider", "Ghostbusters" and "He-Man"

LAURA BETH LOVE
Cinematographer
Laura Beth's credits include "Sharknado 3 & 4," "Tabloid Vivant," "If Looks Could Kill," "Evil Nanny," "The Horde," and "Ark"

DREW LAUER
Camera Operator,
"Drive," "SportScience," "Smashlab," "Known Universe"

HARRY C. BOX
Camera Operator, Gaffer
Credits include "Heroes," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Everybody Hates Chris." He has worked on major motion pictures, independent feature films, telefilms, documentaries, music videos, commercials, industrials, and has written "The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook,"

LANCE FISHER, SOC
Camera Operator
Lance's credits include "Paycheck," "Godzilla," "Blade: Trinity," "Scream 3," "Circle," "Channel Zero," "House," "Las Vegas," and “Jonas"

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