APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
If you’re serious about being a top-level, professional 2nd AC, this course will help get you there.
A great 2nd AC not only knows how to do their job, they are consistently attentive, reliable, responsible and focussed. A team player. The Camera Department is central to all productions and all eyes are on us and the workload can be intense. On set, you will also be relied on to perform your specific duties. Each member of the Camera Department has their own duties to manage, so you can’t expect anyone will be there to cover any of your shortcomings. That’s why we think it is so important to prepare you with this course to start you on your journey with expert knowledge and most importantly: the right attitude. You will continue to learn on set at a rapid rate and your skills will improve each day.
This well-renowned course was started in 2015 when the ShotClass founder, Warwick Field ACS, was then President of the ACS Victoria. The course came about because of demand from the industry for more well trained, set-ready 2nd AC’s. We heard from DP’s, 1st AC’s and rental houses that really good 2nd AC’s were hard to find. The good ones were moving up after years at the top of their field. The intensive training participants will undergo is intended to place you at the highest level with tuition and advice from the best, active industry professionals. Successful completion means you will be in a perfect position to begin working as an in-demand 2nd AC. Many previous participants are now working busily on major productions as 2nd AC’s or advanced up the ladder.
This short course continues to be run with the support of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and its members.
What can you expect from this course?
Places are very limited and only the most suitable applicants will be admitted. Don’t miss out. Participants must complete the application form to attend this 10-day short course.
*First 5 ACS/Students to submit the application form and be offered a place, will receive the discount. Be quick – this will fill fast.
Payment option is 50% due on acceptance into the short course and the balance two weeks prior to the start date. Or you may pay in full upon acceptance. Options include: Direct Bank Transfer (no fees), Credit/Debit Card, ApplePay or PayPal (fees apply).
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The 2024 course will be led by industry legend, 2nd AC, HAZAL ALAKUS.
Hazal is notably one of the busiest and highly regarded 2nd AC’s in Australia, and tends to go from production to production, working on the biggest shows in town. Learning from Hazal, and as she hosts the other instructors, will be an incredible opportunity and very rare. We are extremely fortunate to have her on board.
There are numerous specialist instructors and guest speakers involved over the 10 days. They are ALL actual crew and technicians currently working in the industry. While some of the people who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with you have led formally-run courses in the past, they don’t spend the majority of their time teaching. And so, they have different approaches – but love to share. You will find a mix of personalities. Some will be extroverts while others quieter. Some will have firm opinions about certain things while others more bipartisan. Some can talk underwater, others not so much. BUT every one of them is passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about what they do and if you take the opportunity, you will learn things others rarely have the chance to, even those who work with them. On set it is ‘all go’ and there’s rarely enough time to explain the “whys and wherefores”.
As it’s a 2nd AC Course, most of those instructing are 1st and 2nd AC’s who are all very experienced. Facilitators have all been AC’s at some stage, and have a very thorough knowledge.
These very same people may be the ones you work with in your career, so the connections made over the 2 weeks are extremely valuable. Some may offer further consultation or mentoring at the conclusion of the course should you have follow-up enquiries.