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Aaron Nelson

Lighting Technician
Portland, OR

In the last several years Aaron has gratefully experienced a range of media/film productions. From supporting roles on larger productions to key positions on smaller ones, he is dedicated to every assignment undertaken. Flexible base: $150-$350/day

Sep 2014 – Oct 2014

Lighting Technician (Rigging)


Assisted Cinematographer in designing lighting schemes while building lighting inventories. Rigged lighting instruments on locations and on stage sets for numerous scenes. Routed 30 amp power loads to instruments. Assisted stunt coordinator in overhead wench rigging for talent stunts.

Sep 2014 – Sep 2014

Lighting Technician Super Soren: monster hunter

Film (Short) — Funnelbox Production Studios

Assist Director of Photography in designing lighting schemes for numerous scenes. Inventory equipment needs and assign necessary instruments to accomplish desired look. Balance and rout power loads to lighting. Stage, set, and maintain lighting equipment. Prep, unload/load, and operate 3 ton grip truck.

Aug 2014 – Aug 2014

Grip (swing) Headache

Film (Short)

Set lighting control and stands. Set 6' slider and rails and leveled dolly track. Operated fisher ten dolly. Operated, loaded, and unloaded 3 ton box truck. Assisted in running power and rigging for lighting.

Aug 2014 – Aug 2014

Underwater Camera Operator (diver) In The Cards

Film (Short)

Operated underwater camera for subsurface scenes intended for visual effects. Controlled available light while transitioning between above surface and subsurface sequences.

Jun 2014 – Jul 2014

Cinematographer (Camera Operator (Sony NEX-FS700)) Circles

Film (Short) — Kith and Kin

Operated camera in framing esthetically pleasing compositions for static, shoulder rigged, and slider shots. Worked with Gaffer in designing light schemes for numerous interior and exterior scenes. Worked with Director in building shot lists and designing visual style. Built camera and lighting budget and equipment inventory.

Jun 2014 – Jun 2014

Swing (Grip and Electric ) Portland Development Group

Corporate Video — Revolver

Implement lighting controls, set stands and flags. Assist gaffer in setting lighting instruments and routing power. Load/unload, stage, and secure equipment.

Apr 2014 – Apr 2014

Lighting Technician Where the Flowers Fell

Film (Short) — nomenstatua

Under the direction of the DoP, I set lighting instruments and stands with lighting control equipment to provide necessary and desired luminance to each scene. Routed and balanced power loads. Safely and efficiently loaded, unloaded, inventoried, and staged lighting equipment for use on set.

Nov 2013 – Apr 2014

Visual Effects Artist (Roto/Paint) Grimm 3

NBC — Scripted TV

Prepped footage clips for CG integration via generating alpha mattes while removing unwanted images through clean plating. Composited some CG elements into live action footage.


Art Institute

BFA: Digital Film and VFX

My Gear

  • 1 ton grip package
  • Arri tungsten lights
  • Sony NEX-FS700


  • ADCI
  • OMPA
  • Padi


  • Assistant Camera
  • Camera Operator
  • Digital Compositing
  • Digital Matte Painting
  • Grip
  • Lighting Technician
  • Motion Tracking
  • Rotoscoping
  • Underwater Video
  • VFX Cinematography
  • Visual Effects