The Camera Assistant's Manual

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Taylor & Francis, Jul 18, 2013 - Performing Arts - 544 pages
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The Fifth Edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual has been completely updated to reflect the technology of today, providing crucial guidance to student filmmakers as they prepare to enter the professional world and work as camera assistants.

David Elkins has the technical know-how to provide students with easy to follow advice about how to act on set, what a camera assistant is expected to do, and all the tips and tricks that will make a first or second camera assistant ready to advance to the next level. Readers will learn how the skill sets of a 1st or 2nd AC (Camera Assistant) in film and digital (HD) intertwine, how they differ, and all they need to know to do both jobs well. The advancements in HD and digital video are only adding to an already demanding job, and this fifth edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual provides Camera Assistant novices and experienced ACs alike with valuable knowledge that they need to work in both formats.

This nuts and bolts guide covers the basics of cinematography, how to maintain a camera, how to transport a camera, how to troubleshoot common problems that arise on set, and even advice about interviewing for the job. The new edition has also been updated to include new forms, checklists, tables, and illustrations that will be essential to the success of any camera assistant. Using problem solving skills, readers will hone proficiency both on the set and off, and they will find a vital tool for their toolkits in this book.
 

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Contents

1 Basics of Cinematography
1
2 The Camera Department
43
3 Second Assistant Cameraman 2nd AC
56
4 First Assistant Cameraman 1st AC
161
5 Problems and Troubleshooting
257
6 Film Cameras
280
7 Before During and After the Job
325
Film Stock
347
Camera Department Checklists Production Forms and Labels
365
Tools and Accessories
414
Tables and Formulas
430
Resources
455
Recommended Reading
459
Glossary
465
Index
493
Copyright

Equipment
351

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