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The Camera Assistant

A Complete Professional Handbook

Book1995

Authors:

Douglas C. Hart and Mary Mortimer

The Camera Assistant

A Complete Professional Handbook

Book1995

 

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Authors:

Douglas C. Hart and Mary Mortimer

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Veteran camera assistant Doug Hart describes in this comprehensive technical guide all of the important facets and duties of the first and second camera assistants' jobs. Whether i ... read full description

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    Chapter 1 - Introduction to Camera Assisting

    Pages 1-5

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    Chapter 2 - Responsibilities of the Camera Assistant

    Pages 7-22

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    Chapter 3 - Film Formats and Aspect Ratios

    Pages 23-36

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    Chapter 4 - The Camera Equipment Checkout

    Pages 37-102

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    Chapter 5 - Shooting Tests During Checkout

    Pages 103-124

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    Chapter 6 - Loading/Unloading

    Pages 125-159

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    Chapter 7 - Lenses

    Pages 161-176

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    Chapter 8 - Filters

    Pages 177-191

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    Chapter 9 - Focus

    Pages 193-249

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    Chapter 10 - Setup and Maintenance

    Pages 251-264

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    Chapter 11 - Shooting Procedures

    Pages 265-318

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    Chapter 12 - Slates and Slating

    Pages 319-342

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    Chapter 13 - Paperwork

    Pages 343-360

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    Chapter 14 - Video Assist Systems

    Pages 361-366

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    Chapter 15 - Tools and Supplies

    Pages 367-381

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    Chapter 16 - Education of a Camera Assistant, and Finding Work Afterwards

    Pages 383-394

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    Appendix A - Bibliography

    Pages 395-397

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    Appendix B - Expendable Supplies Shopping List

    Pages 398-401

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    Appendix C - Camera Equipment Checkout Checklist

    Pages 402-404

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    Appendix D - Useful Formulas and Charts

    Pages 405-408

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    Appendix E - Film Magazine Takeup

    Page 409

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    Appendix F - Screen Time/Camera Running Time

    Pages 410-411

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    Index

    Pages 413-421

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Description

Veteran camera assistant Doug Hart describes in this comprehensive technical guide all of the important facets and duties of the first and second camera assistants' jobs. Whether it is feature films, episodic television, documentaries, commercials, or music videos, The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook explains both the practice and theory behind it with a concentration on technique rather than equipment. In addition, personal anecdotes from the author's years behind and beside the camera provide insight into this demanding field.

Key topics include film formats and aspect ratios, testing lenses and camera equipment, focus theory, film loading and labeling, scene blocking, marking actors, shooting tips, slating, paperwork, equipment maintenance, set etiquette, and finding work. This is not a camera equipment handbook; it is a comprehensive procedures manual which describes and explains the most important responsibilities of the camera assistant on the set, the theory behind the practice, and the methods that get the job done properly and keep the assistant frequently employed.

Douglas C. Hart has been a freelance first-camera assistant on feature films, documentaries, television shows, and commercials for more than 20 years, including 10 years (and 10 films) as first-camera assistant to Gordon Willis, ASC, as well as work in 42 states and 26 foreign countries. His work includes Presumed Innocent, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cosby Mysteries, and CBS's Central Park West. He is a member and former president of the International Photographers Local 644, IATSE, and teaches the Camera Assistant Workshops at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Veteran camera assistant Doug Hart describes in this comprehensive technical guide all of the important facets and duties of the first and second camera assistants' jobs. Whether it is feature films, episodic television, documentaries, commercials, or music videos, The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook explains both the practice and theory behind it with a concentration on technique rather than equipment. In addition, personal anecdotes from the author's years behind and beside the camera provide insight into this demanding field.

Key topics include film formats and aspect ratios, testing lenses and camera equipment, focus theory, film loading and labeling, scene blocking, marking actors, shooting tips, slating, paperwork, equipment maintenance, set etiquette, and finding work. This is not a camera equipment handbook; it is a comprehensive procedures manual which describes and explains the most important responsibilities of the camera assistant on the set, the theory behind the practice, and the methods that get the job done properly and keep the assistant frequently employed.

Douglas C. Hart has been a freelance first-camera assistant on feature films, documentaries, television shows, and commercials for more than 20 years, including 10 years (and 10 films) as first-camera assistant to Gordon Willis, ASC, as well as work in 42 states and 26 foreign countries. His work includes Presumed Innocent, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cosby Mysteries, and CBS's Central Park West. He is a member and former president of the International Photographers Local 644, IATSE, and teaches the Camera Assistant Workshops at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Key Features

Details both the practice and the theory necessary to be a camera assistant.
Concentrates on technique, not equipment.
Serves as a comprehensive manual, which teaches the necessary methods to get the job done and stay employed.

Details both the practice and the theory necessary to be a camera assistant.
Concentrates on technique, not equipment.
Serves as a comprehensive manual, which teaches the necessary methods to get the job done and stay employed.

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ISBN

978-0-240-80042-4

Language

English

Published

1995

Copyright

Copyright © 1995 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

Imprint

Focal Press

Authors

Douglas C. Hart

Mary Mortimer