18 Connections

Aaron Nelson

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.


Apr 2015 – Apr 2015

Grip (dolly) Stewardship Jack

Film (Short) — Big Puddle Films

Rigged and set 12x12' overhead frames, built 24' outdoor dolly track, operated dolly for camera moves. Set bounce boards and assisted gaffer in setting lighting equipment on location. Loaded, unloaded 3 ton grip truck and staged equipment while we made several company moves.

Apr 2015 – Apr 2015

Grip (dolly) Hearts Afire

Corporate — Big Puddle Films

I assisted Gaffer in running power and setting lighting on outdoor location. I built and set 12x12' overhead frames, 12x12' outdoor enclosure over a stage set, and built dolly track on uneven, muddy ground. Operated dolly for DP/Camera.

Mar 2015 – Mar 2015

Swing (grip and electric) The Very Private Work of Sister K

Film (Theatrical) — Dos Rios Films

Assisted Gaffer in running bates cable to and balancing power loads for 6k HMI (6,000W) and M18s (1,800W). Built 12x12' overhead and 8x8' overhead frames. Built over sized light boxes for windows. Assisted on set maneuvering Kino lights and flags for light shaping.

Mar 2015 – Mar 2015

Swing (grip and electric) Connective DX

Corporate — GB3 Films

Assisted the Gaffer and Key Grip in loading/unloading/staging lighting equipment. Ran power to set, set lighting instruments, and built overhead frames.

Jan 2015 – Jan 2015

Cinematographer Trial By Dates

Film (Short) — NelsonCaviglia Productions

Operated camera in framing esthetically pleasing compositions for static, shoulder rigged, and slider shots. Designed and executed lighting 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.

Nov 2014 – Nov 2014

Grip (Key) – Hewitt Packard (Best Light Creative)

Commercial/Ad — Revolver

Rigged and staged lighting control instruments for Cinematographer in a sound stage environment. Rigged 20x20 overhead butterfly as well as operated Fisher 11 dolly.

Nov 2014 – Nov 2014

Cinematographer (2nd Unit) In The Cards

Film (Short)

Operated camera in framing esthetically pleasing compositions for static, shoulder rigged, slider, and jib shots. Lead camera department in staging, stowing, and prepping camera equipment. Worked with Grip in rigging camera and Gaffer in designing lighting schemes for numerous interior scenes. Built equipment lists for camera and lighting.

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.


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