Assistant Camera - 2 Day Workshop: use real professional equipment and real-world application of techniques and jobs (pulling focus, slating, marks, etc), and a basic understanding of lighting, filters, and coverage for edit, set etiquette, safety, and ninja teamwork.
Saturday & Sunday, April 27th & 28th
9:00am - 5:30pm both days
Stagecoach Foundation Set & Prop House
(location & map will be in the confirmation of registration through Eventbrite)
Film training requirement College Sophmore or greater
Instructor: Erick Castillo
Erick Castillo is a filmmaker and International Cinematographers Guild member. After attending the College of Santa Fe in 2005, he began working in the camera department, acquiring more than 65 feature, commercial and independent film credits.
As a Film Loader and Camera Assistant, he has worked under 4 Oscar winning Directors of Photography along with many other notable productions like the Avengers and the TV series Longmire filmed in New Mexico.
As a filmmaker, Erick's most recent short film, Pareidolia, won the 2018 Best Drama award at the New Mexico filmmakers showcase.
He is excited to be working with the Stagecoach Foundation in their efforts to engage and inspire the next generation of New Mexico filmmakers.
Recommended student gear to bring: camera package and supporting accessories
lenses- a small set of primes if available
media to record (cards) to check playback on shots
onboard monitor- to watch playback
head and tripod (please no sliders or stabilizers)
matte box and filters (if available)
** lunch will be provided
Day One of AC Workshop - Stagecoach Foundation
Running the Department
Checking lenses (at prep or onset).
Safety first- Say Something!
Role as a Department Head and hierarchy
Camera Reports- purpose and filling one out correctly
Onset behavior and expected responsibilities
Slating (common, end boards, slating more than one camera). Purpose and History of Slates.
Expendable list- ordering
Bags, cases, and carts
Keeping it clean in harsh environments
Camera Logs and notations
DAY TWO AC Workshop- StageCoach Foundation
Applying what we learned from Day One
1st and 2nd AC working as a team, techniques, and dependability
1st AC techniques and Timesavers
2ND AC job techniques and timesavers
Marking actors, cars and horses
Using Slate as a Focus Tool
Using landmarks for focus
“Forget the Monitor” pulling old school and using your environment for sharp shots