Pickathon Camera Crew

June 28, 2017 — August 6, 2017

Wednesdays, June 28-July 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm (including practice shoot); plus Pickathon Festival August 3-6.

Instructor: Tim Rooney

Location: Classes & Admin Offices


Spaces Available / Still Time to Register!

Learn all about shooting live events as a trained cameraperson for the Pickathon Music Festival, one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the US (August 3-6).

This mentored crew experience is open to anyone with an interest in filming music, sports, and other live events, from absolute beginners/novices to advanced filmmaking students. A combination class and field experience, the fun starts with four weekly instructional sessions devoted to hands-on camera operation techniques, specialized gear such as jibs, robotics, switchers and more, and how a camera crew and director work together as a creative team on location. A class practice shoot on Wednesday, July 26th at Mississippi Studios will let everyone shake the bugs out ahead of the festival. Then the group will head out to Pendarvis Farm to set up and serve as the camera crew for Pickathon’s Treeline Stage, working with mentors to film the stage’s music acts during the action-packed, multi-day music extravaganza (that runs August 3-6).


  • Multi-camera production: what it is, how it works, why it is used for live event filming
  • Types of cameras and other equipment used for live shooting
  • Techniques for tripod, hand held, and remote/robotic shooting
  • What a control room is and how it works
  • Determining control room location, camera placements, cable runs, signal flow, etc.
  • The pre-show set up and roll out schedule
  • Getting good audio
  • How camera operators respond to Director commands
  • How the Technical Director supports the Director
  • Capturing the event venue as well as the performance itself
  • While at Pickathon, respond to Director commands during live filming, sit in the control room and hear the Director call shots, review daily footage and get instructor and peer feedback for your shooting


Tuition includes pass to Pickathon and all needed production equipment, including Steadicam Merlin, camera jib, and dolly.

* NB: For the practice shoot at Mississippi Studios, students under 21 can only participate in the tech set-up, but not the live event. For the Pickathon Festival, however, students under 21 can participate in all of the shoots.

Questions? Email classes@nwfilm.org