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The Camera Assistant's Manual

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Basics of Cinematography; The Camera Department; Second Camera Assistant; First Camera Assistant; Problems and Troubleshooting; Cameras; Before, During and After the Job; Appendix A: Film Stock; Appendix B: Equipment; Appendix C: Camera Department Checklists and Production Forms; Appendix D: Tools and Accessories; Appendix E: Tables and Formulas; Recommended Reading; Glossary

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

About the Author

David E. Elkins is a working camera operator and first assistant cameraman with over 15 years of professional experience working on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos and much more. His credits include The Wonder Years, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gabriel's Fire, commercials for McDonalds, Burger King, and Life Savers, as well as music videos for The Beastie Boys, Coolio and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In addition to his production experience he has taught various film production classes and workshops throughout the country and is currently a Filmmaker-in-Residence in the Cinematography Department at the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. He is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild and Society of Operating Cameramen. He is the author of Camera Terms and Concepts, also published by Focal Press.

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