The Camera Assistant's Manual

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Focal Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 394 pages
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The Camera Assistant's Manual, Third Edition is a nuts and bolts guide offering beginning camera assistants and film students information on all aspects of this unique position within the film industry--from cinematography basics to interviewing for the job.

The Camera Assistant's Manual provides complete descriptions of all aspects of the First and Second Assistant Cameraman positions, as well as complete sections on tips for the First and Second Assistant. This new edition also features an expanded camera section, which lists and illustrates the new cameras, as well as specialized camera and lens accessories. A chapter outlining the positions within the camera department will help beginners make informed decisions and understand the various responsibilities and duties department members perform. Numerous examples of the types of problems the camera assistant may encounter help readers develop problem-solving skills. The Camera Assistant's Manual, Third Edition is a must for every camera assistant's ditty bag or tool kit.

Covers all cinematography basics
Equally accessible to beginners and experienced cameramen
Heavily illustrated, with checklists, tables, and sample forms

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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).
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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