Be Part Of The Pickathon Camera Crew

Pickathon Camera Crew
June 26, 2018 — August 5, 2018
Tuesdays, June 26-July 17, 6:30pm-9:30pm;
plus practice shoot;
plus Pickathon Festival August 2-5.
$765 – includes pass to festival (over $400 value)

Learn to shoot live events as a trained cameraperson for the Pickathon Music Festival, one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the US (August 2-5).

This mentored crew experience is open to anyone with an interest in filming music, sports, and other live, multi-camera events, from absolute beginners/novices to advanced filmmaking students. A combination class and field experience, the course 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 the week of July 23rd of a live show at a local venue (TBD) will give students the chance to test their new knowledge and gain confidence before the big fest. 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 2-5).


  • 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


Here’s some of what last year’s crew had to say:

My instructor was Tom Rooney and he was a great instructor and director. He was very humble and patient. He was a great listener and teacher. Very professional and easy to approach with questions. I would love to work with him again.

This class was a tremendous experience that I would gladly take again. Tim Rooney is a wonderful teacher and a pleasure to work with. I am definitely hooked on filming live music!

This was exactly what I had hoped it would be from the description. Tim Rooney was such a great instructor and really worked with all levels of the students in the class! His patience and delivery of the subject was easy going and dispelled a lot of anxiety regarding learning the XA25 functions. The physical shoot at Pickathon was exciting and I learned so much being on location to put it all to practice. I would say that I now have more confidence in my ability to run a camera and step into the world of multi-camera experience! Tim, thank you for all of your help, patience and instruction!


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

Questions? Email [email protected]

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