Years Experience: 11
Afton grew up in New England, the son of a camera operator for the local television network. He was naturally introduced to the camera at a very young age, and to the Steadicam not far behind when it was featured in the 1986 film "Aliens". Not knowing at the time exactly what the props department had done, Afton watched in awe as the characters wielded gigantic machine guns around with ease and grace. That amazement stuck with Afton until later on in life he learned the prop masters had modified Steadicams to support the large guns, rather than a camera.
Afton has since turned that amazement into an obsession with the Steadicam. He is constantly striving for perfection from all aspects of being an operator. He understands in addition to physical operation, a Steadicam operator must also be skilled with electronics, mechanics, and most importantly, the relationships with his fellow crew. On set, Afton's goal is to execute the visions of the Director and DP, while always considering the experience of the audience when they watch the finished product. The ultimate goal is to maintain interest in the picture and story. Regardless of length or content, this is Afton's mantra in each and every shot.
Afton has worked for such clients as ABC, NBC, BBC, Animal Planet, A&E, VH1 and more. Some of his feature film work can be seen in the Sundance Film Festival selections "The Wackness", "Dare", and "Mystery Team". He has shot music videos for Musiq Soulchild with Mary J. Blige, Paddy Casey, as well as the popular "Jizz In My Pants" video by Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island crew.
Afton's passion for the Steadicam has also led to the creation of the web site SteadiShots.org, which is devoted entirely to the study of Steadicam Operators and their work. By sharing his studies with the world, he hopes it can promote the Steadicam as a true storytelling tool - giving other operators a resource by which to study the craft of moving the camera, as well as hopefully providing inspiration for the filmmakers and directors.
Spoken Languages: English