The Camera Assistant's Manual

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CRC Press, Jan 28, 2005 - Performing Arts - 512 pages
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Every film or video shoot calls for at least two camera assistants. Camera assistants (or first and second ACs, as they're known) have the important job of maintaining the camera, readying it for use, troubleshooting (such as knowing what to do when a camera drops into the ocean), and preparing it for transport. The Camera Assistant's Manual teaches the complete workflow in easy-to-understand terms and does not assume prior knowledge. It is a must-have on the set for camera assistants and is loaded with reference material such as camera illustrations, forms, charts, checklists, and equations. Invaluable career advice rounds out the book.
 

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Contents

1 Basics of Cinematography
1
2 The Camera Department
43
3 Second Camera Assistant
55
4 First Camera Assistant
157
5 Problems and Troubleshooting
249
6 Cameras
270
7 Before During and After the Job
318
Film Stock
337
Equipment
341
Camera Department Checklists Production Forms and Labels
355
Tools and Accessories
398
Tables and Formulas
407
Recommended Reading
432
Glossary
438
Index
477
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David E. Elkins is a working camera operator and first assistant cameraman with more than 25 years of professional experience working on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, educational films, industrial films and much more. In addition to his production experience, he has taught numerous film production classes and workshops on both the east and west coasts of the United States. He is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Society of Camera Operators (SOC).

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