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Introduction to Real World Camera for Virtual Practitioners


Introduction to Real World Camera for Virtual Practitioners is an intensive introductory workshop. It is designed for screen practitioners who work in virtual craft and who have had little or no opportunity to experience a professional live-action shoot.

This practical workshop-style course provides an opportunity for early to mid-career virtual/3D screen practitioners to experience a live shooting environment and gain a deeper understanding of the difference between real-world and virtual world conditions. You will have the unique opportunity to learn using an extensive suite of screen production tools and technology in a substantial professional studio facility. All this under the guidance of an experienced professional cinematographer, working with live actors and crew.

This course has been developed with the support of Universal Studio Group and Matchbox Pictures.

Explore the experience of a live action shooting environment including the practical and creative impact of working with real world limitations.

Learn about the fundamental similarities and differences when working with camera in real world conditions versus virtual world conditions.

Gain an insight into the complexity of managing the logistics, mechanics and creative outcomes working in a live action domain on set with actors, crew and time limitations.

Is Introduction to Real World Camera for Virtual Practitioners right for you?

You will already have some professional screen production experience in the use of 3D/virtual camera, with a basic understanding of screen composition, performance, lensing and layout. Great for early to mid-career generalists, layout artists, matchmove artists, environment artists, or cinematographers working in a virtual/3D/VFX domain. This course is also valuable for early career virtual or post production team members wanting to better understand the on set experience.

If you are interested in working as part of an on-set virtual production team, aspire to become a VFX or CG supervisor or producer, or would just like to expand your general professional screen skillset, this course is the perfect introduction.

While you will have the opportunity to observe, use and experience real world cameras under guidance, please note that this is not a camera operator, camera assisting, or directing course.


  • How to be a screen or film director
  • How to use an LED Volume
  • How to create virtual assets

Meet Your Tutors

Calum Riddell

Calum Riddell is a narrative and commercial cinematographer working for brands such as Dior, French Connection, Warner Brothers and more.…

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What you will need

You should have a good understanding of the principles of photography, and professional or semi-professional 3D/virtual camera experience. Specifically, you will need:

  • Clothes suitable for hands on physical activity and able to be dirtied (preferably long pants)
  • Close-toed shoes with non-slip soles
  • Note taking equipment (eg: pen/paper, personal tablet)

For more information contact shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

What is a ‘workshop’?

In a learning context, a workshop is a short program in which a group of people engage in intensive activity and discussion, usually with a focus on techniques and skills in a particular subject or area.

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If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS’ sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

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