NFTS Cymru Wales: Camera Trainee Workshop

Short course


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Supported by Movietech, Cardiff 

The role of Camera Trainee is the first step on the ladder within the Camera Department and with the current boom in production in the UK, it’s a role that is much in demand. This two day course is delivered by James Scott, a highly experienced 1st AC who works on feature films and major dramas shot in Wales, Bristol and other parts of the UK. 
Over a series of interactive, practical sessions, you will learn all the information you need to apply for a role as a Camera Trainee, with plenty of opportunities to handle the equipment a Trainee is expected to manage.  You’ll also gain a full understanding of the responsibilities of a Trainee and the camera team as a whole. 

Who’s This Course For? 
This is course is aimed at anyone who is looking to secure for their first job in the camera department. It is suitable for those who have little to no experience of the practical workings of the camera team but a basic level of technical competency is expected.  

The course covers:
The Camera Trainee position and other roles within the camera department;
What you’d be expected to do on day 1 of camera prep through to the end of prep week;
What you would be expected to do from day 1 of principle photography;
Camera equipment:  
•    Equipment you should know
•    How to set up camera equipment.
•    How to log it in and out.
•    How to handle and label it.
•    Levels of maintenance
Camera Truck set ups;
On set Trainee roles when filming; 
Clothing and personal equipment you should have with you for the shoot;
On set etiquette;
How to get started as Camera Trainee. 

About the Tutor: 
James Scott has 25 years’ experience working as a Camera Assistant in film and television. He began his career as a Camera Trainee for a commercials company in Soho before progressing to Clapper Loader and worked on films such as The Beach and Die Another Day. He now works as a Focus Puller mostly on high end TV shows including His Dark Materials, The Alienist and Fortitude.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £365
Corporate Rate: £745


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 


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