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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 is dedicated to every assignment undertaken. Flexible base: $150-$350/day

Nov 2014 – Nov 2014

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

Commercial — 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.

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

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.

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.

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 — Revolver

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


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