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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.
* Completely updated for the latest film and video technologies, including the multi-skill set needed to work in both film and HD
* The author's companion website provides online tutorials, clips, and techniques that camera assistants can easily use while on location (www.cameraassistantmanual.com)
* Aspiring camera assistants will never be left in the dust again by using this complete guide
The Camera Assistant's Manual, Fifth 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. 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 stops working), and preparing it for transport. This new edition features expanded sections on tips for the First and Second Assistant. 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. Invaluable career advice rounds out the book. Heavily illustrated and loaded with useful checklists, tables, and sample forms, The Camera Assistant's Manual
is a must for every camera assistant’s ditty bag or tool kit.
* Completely updated with information on working in SD and HD video formats.
* Updated companion website (www.cameraassistantmanual.com) with extensive forms, charts, and camera illustrations to print out and use along with links to cinematography related websites
* Career tips and complete job descriptions to help camera assistants get and succeed at jobs
* Information on the differences between union and non-union productions along with information on how to join the union
* Expanded section including illustrations on many of the tools and items needed in the AC Ditty Bag
Every working or aspiring camera assistant needs this book!
About the Author
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).
Filmmaker-In-Residence and Chair of the Cinematography Department, North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, Winston-Salem, USA. Member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Society of Camera Operators.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Basics of Cinematography; The Camera Department; Second Camera Assistant (2nd AC); First Assistant Cameraman (1st AC); Problems and Troubleshooting; Cameras; Before, During and After the Job; Appendix A: Film Stock; Appendix B: Equipment; Appendix C: Camera Department Checklists, Production Forms, and Labels; Appendix D: Tools and Accessories; Appendix E: Tables and Formulas; Appendix F: Resources; Recommended Reading; Glossary; Index