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Aaron Nelson

Camera Operator
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 has a wide range of skills and is dedicated to every assignment undertaken.


Feb 2015 – Current

Camera Operator (Sony NEX-FS700) No Contingency

Film (Theatrical) — IANTE Productions
Oct 2015 – Oct 2015

Camera Operator – RevoMax

Commercial/Ad — Studio3

Operated camera in framing aesthetically pleasing compositions for static, shoulder rigged, and slider shots. Worked with Grip shaping and manipulating available light for exterior scenes. Built equipment lists for camera and lighting.

Aug 2015 – Sep 2015

Best Boy Grip Something Like Summer

Film (Theatrical) — Blue Seraph Productions

Managed/maintained company grip equipment and company personnel. Operated/maintained 4-ton grip truck and routinely inventoried, unloaded, and loaded equipment. On set, rigged for overhead lighting, built up to 20' butterflies, 10 foot crane arms, and complex dolly tracks.

Jul 2015 – Sep 2015

PreRig Electrician (rigging electric) The Librarians 2

TNT — Scripted (TV) — Electric Entertainment

Operating as an IATSE local, I assisted in routing power supply from 1200AMP generators on location sets via distribution boxes and 4/0, 2/0, banded, and bates cable. Helped rig crane lifts with 10K heads. Assisted in overhead grid rigging of source four, 1K, and 2K lighting fixtures on sound stages.

Aug 2015 – Aug 2015

Swing (grip/electric) The Benefits of Gusbandry Pilot

Internet — The Benefits of Gusbandry LLC

Assisted the Gaffer and Key Grip in loading/unloading/staging grip and lighting equipment. Rigged frames and lighting equipment while blacked out natural light sources.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Key Grip (G&E) – Honda (NW Honda Dealers)

Commercial/Ad — Motta Studios

Assisted cinematographers in designing lighting schemes. Loaded/unloaded/staged lighting equipment for use on set. Set lighting instruments and stands with lighting control equipment. Set exterior 12x12 overheads. Operated 2 ton sprinter van for transport of equipment to several locations.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Swing (Grip/Electric) – Nike (R/GA)

Commercial/Ad — David Robertson, LLC

Assisted the Gaffer and Key Grip in loading/unloading/staging grip and lighting equipment from the 3 ton box truck. Routed power to location set, rigged overhead lighting, set lighting controls, staged and stowed G&E equipment via gear carts. Transported and stowed Fisher 11 dolly system.

Mar 2014 – Jul 2015

Lighting Department Manager (Lighting Technician/Grip)

Funnelbox Production Studios

Managed/maintained company lighting equipment for promotional and commercial productions. Managed the company's production sound stage. Operated/maintained 3-ton grip truck. On set, rigged lighting schemes, built project equipment inventories, balanced power loads, operated up to 2,000W lighting instruments, 10 foot jib arms, built complex dolly tracks, and Fisher dolly systems.


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
  • Videographer
  • Visual Effects