Department of Visual & Media Arts

Production Workshops and Safety

The Visual and Media Arts department believes that production and safety should go hand in hand. Knowing how to operate state-of-the-art gear safely and properly allows students to successfully achieve their artistic and educational goals.

Please sign up for specific workshops using their respective links below. *Please note: You will need to log in with your ECnet username and password (and log out of your personal Gmail account first if necessary).


Sony F3 Workshop
Prerequisite: Basic Cinematography

Covers menu operations, Chroma subsampling, color bit depth, use with PIX 240 recorder, the difference between S-log and regular video, workflow, and downloading procedures. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the Sony F3 for MFA, BFA, and potentially BA projects, depending on availability.

Sign up for Sony F3 on 9/27 »

Sign up for Sony F3 on 10/17 »

Canon C100 Workshop

There's a new tool in the Emerson toolbox: The Canon C100. This camera takes all the good things about DSLRs and puts them into a more user-friendly digital motion picture camera. Great in low light, a wide exposure latitude in S-Log, and able to shoot 4:2:2 with an external recorder (4:2:0 without), the C100 is a great option for low budget filmmakers. Learn how to use C100 and its accessories in this workshop.

Sign up for Canon C100 on 9/17 »

Sign up for Canon C100 on 10/6 »

Color Correction Workshop

Your film is edited and the sound is mixed, so what's left? Color correction. Simple color grading software like Apple Color are now easily accessible, but what do you do with it? An exterior scene can take hours to shoot under constantly changing lighting conditions, yet it needs to look consistent in order to cut smoothly. Using some basic color grading techniques taught in this workshop, you can create a consistent, polished look for your film during this critical stage of post production.

Rigging Workshop I

Covers gripping and setting lights from a technical standpoint. Hands-on training with 12 X 12 overheads, hanging lights from ceilings and other rigging points, setting a backlight using a menace arm, dolly use, and some camera rigging.

Sign up for Rigging I on 9/27 »

Rigging Workshop II

In this workshop, you will learn advanced rigging for lighting and camera and Instructed on the use of the Fisher 11 camera dolly, the doorway dolly, and dolly track. It also covers overheads in highboy stands and from the grid. You will learn to hang lights from ceilings and other rigging points, with attention to cabling, as well as set a backlight using a menace arm. We will review the safe use and operation of the Genie lift.

Sign up for Rigging II on 10/18 »

Electricity Workshop

Covers basic elements of electricity including electron flow, heat/friction, watts, volts, amps, resistance, frequency, capacitors, single-phase and three-phase power, grounding, Ohm’s law, dimming, and safe set practices.

HMI’s, Panel Lights & Rifa Lights Workshop

Covers the technical and aesthetic use of lights. Topics include HMI versus Tungsten, color correction, Par versus Fresnel, and the efficiency of HMI’s. Also covers system parts (cable, head, lenses) and problem solving.

Sign up for HMI Lighting on 9/18 »

Sign up for HMI Lighting on 9/23 »

Jib Workshop

Covers what a jib is, its purpose, and the various lengths and motions available. Also covers setup safety, assembling and wrapping the jib, the mechanics of shot intent, and execution relating to story, and hands-on exploration of the jib. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the jib for MFA, BFA and potentially BA projects, depending on availability.

Steadicam Workshop

Covers the basics of how to build, balance, wear, and operate a Steadicam. Through use of a Steadicam, students can achieve smoothness in shots that mimic the human experience of moving through a space. The workshop is split up into four 2 hour sessions, the first is an introduction and the next three are one-on-one sessions.