Camera Operating

the playbook



Camera Operating



2 Lessons

30 minutes of
instructional video

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2 Lessons

30 minutes of
instructional video

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Learn storytelling for unscripted television

In Unscripted Camera Operating: The Playbook, Cinematographer Sherri Kauk shares her Shooter’s Playbook providing valuable insights on techniques and methodologies that she wishes that she knew when she first started her career.

Expect to gain key insights on how to shoot reality TV. You’ll learn why it’s essential to have a specific reel for each genre or platform that you want to work within. Then, Sherri outlines the key players that have the biggest impact on delivering the story elements for post, and how to leverage those relationships in production to get the most out of your footage. This course explores when to use Man-to-Man versus Zone coverage, the importance of moving your feet and how to get closer into the action of the moment to sculpt the story, obtaining crucial techniques for reaction shots and inserts, and getting the most out of your footage for the production.

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns 

Top-down lighting schematics 

Side by side comparisons

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Look Inside The Course

  • Sherri Kauk The Playbook
  • Unscripted Camera Operating
  • Reality TV Camera Operating


  • 01- The Playbook
  • 02- The Playbook

About The Mentor

Sherri Kauk received her Bachelor of Science in Film & Photography from Ithaca College, Ithaca NY in 2005 and her MFA from the American Film Institute in 2007. Her work has taken her on-location to India, Egypt, Mozambique, Mexico and across the United States. Kauk won an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Direction in 2019.

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