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 F5 Workshop

Prerequisite: Basic Cinematography

Covers menu operations, Chroma subsampling, color bit depth, use with AXS-R5 4K recorder, the difference between S-log 2, S-log 3 and REC. 709, workflow, and downloading procedures. Upon completion of this workshop, students are eligible to use the Sony F5 for MFA, BFA, and potentially BA projects, depending on availability.

Sign up for Sony F5 on 2/2/15 »

Sign up for Sony F5 on 2/27/15 »

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 2/6/15 »

Sign up for Sony F3 on 2/21/15 »

Sony FS700 Workshop

4k, slow montion, and RAW are just a few features that set the FS700 apart from the rest of the offerings at Emerson. In this workshop, we will go over the FS700 build and use with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q recorder.

Sign up for Sony FS700 on 4/2/15 »

Sony Alpha 7s Workshop

4K has never been so small! In this workshop, you will learn about the tremendously powerful A7s camera and its use with the 4K Atomos Shogun recorder. 

Sign up for Sony A7s Workshop on 4/2/15 »

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 2/23/15 »

Sign up for Canon C100 on 2/25/15 »

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.

Sign up for Color Correction on 2/24/15 »

Sign up for Color Correction on 3/4/15 »

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 1/30/15 »

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 2/7/15 »

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.

Sign up for Electricity on 2/28/15 »

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 1/30/15 »

Sign up for HMI Lighting on 2/27/15 »

Kessler Workshop

Covers the complete range of kessler products including the Pocket Jib, Cineslider, K-Pod and Oracle motion control system. 

Kessler Workshop: TBD

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.