Assistant Camera (Focus Pulling and Loading)

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This innovative new professional diploma course was launched in 2017 to help equip camera trainees with the skills required for a successful career as 2nd and 1st ACs on both film and television drama.

The course is structured in way to allow people active in the film and television industry to work at their own rate and build their skills around outside work. It has three modules:

  • Working with Alexa Mini and Wireless Follow Focuses
  • Loading and working with 35mm and Alexa XT and Mini
  • Loading and working with 16mm

You can begin the course at Module 1 and you’ll have two years to complete all three modules and earn your industry recognised diploma.

This course allows you to form relationships with the current MA Cinematographers which often leads to work outside the School upon graduation.

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Roger Deakins (1917).

The course is classed as part-time (approx. 26 weeks), but is full-time learning throughout each module.

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