David E. Elkins
THE CAMERA ASSISTANT’S MANUAL
Oxford 2005, 4. Auflage, 512 Seiten, Paperback
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.
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
David E. Elkins Filmmaker-In-Residence and Chair of the Cinematography Department, North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, Winston-Salem NC.
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.