Upcoming Event

The Camera Assistant | Professional Fundamentals | August 2024

Date: Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th, 2024
Duration: 2 x 10 hr days
Cost: From $995 (inc GST)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria. TBC
Class Size: 20
Suitability: For Early-Career Camera Assistants | People wanting to join the Camera Department | Camera Assistants who usually work 'one-out'
HotShot Qualifier?: Yes

A Two-Day Intensive training that will teach you all the skills you need to get started as a professional Camera Assistant, working ‘one-out’ (a.k.a., on your own) while assisting the DP efficiently. Get ahead in your career with professional education… and win more jobs.

What you can expect from the Intensive.

  • We will provide a comprehensive introduction to camera assisting, with a mix of theoretical knowledge and the practical skills essential for a successful career working in the Camera Dept.
  • Over the two days, we cover all the fundamentals a camera assistant would be expected to know. These include: Introduction to the Digital Cinema Camera, lens handling and management, camera builds, using accessories, focus pulling, data wrangling, gear prep, slating, setting up to shoot a scene, problem solving, working with your crew and much more.
  • Top level camera equipment and lenses will be used during the course. Cameras will include ARRI, Canon, Blackmagic URSA and possibly SONY and RED (if available on the day). Lenses will be selected from Zeiss, Cooke, Angenieux, Leitz, Arri and Sigma.
  • Accessories will include full camera build components with video split, on-board monitors, video transmitters, remote focus systems to name a few
  • Our instructor is Grant Sweetnam who is an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced 1st AC and Focus Puller. His guidance, advice and on-set anecdotes will ensure you get a very complete education over the weekend.
  • Certificate of Completion

There is no application process for this course, so ShotClass suggests you make your own appraisal as to whether the course is suitable for you.

Places are strictly limited. Don’t miss out. Register and Pay early to secure a lower price.The Registration form must be completed. See below under Book Here.

  • Early Bird* – Register & Pay by July 24th: ACS Member, or Student/HotShot – $995.
  • Early Bird* – Register & Pay by July 24th: Standard Entry – $1095
  • Register & Pay from July 25th onwards: ACS Member**, or Student/HotShot – $1095.
  • Register & Pay from July 25th onwards: Standard Entry – $1195

**Only 5 places are available at the ACS Member/Student/HotShot discount. Grab them before they’re gone.

Remember, for most participants working in the industry, our events are Tax Deductible, so you could end up effectively paying nothing to build your knowledge and gain more work. Check with your Tax Agent or Accountant. Find out more here.

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Book with confidence. **IF you change your mind or pick up a job and need to cancel up to 2 weeks before the course, you get full a refund, no questions asked.

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Grant Sweetnam

Grant Sweetnam

Having worked across all types of Film and TV projects for many years, Grant is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable 1st AC /Focus Puller. He is also a great communicator and ready to share his knowledge with all who are keen to learn.

Grant’s resumé is impressive. His work has taken him through TVC’s, TV Drama, Feature Films, Documentary and more. This wide selection of genres results in a Camera Assistant who is well-rounded and ready for anything – big or small. His credits as 1st AC include: The Clearing, Shantaram, Savage River, Spreadsheet, The Newsreader, With Intent, Preacher, Ride Like A Girl and Five Bedrooms.

It is hardly any wonder Grant is in such high demand and so well respected by his colleagues and the cinematographers he assists. Take advantage of what he has to share with you.

See Grant’s IMDB here