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The Camera Assistant's Manual (Paperback)
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The Camera Assistant's Manual (Paperback)

Paperback 596 Pages / Published: 25/02/2013
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Excel as an Assistant Cameraman (AC) in today's evolving film industry with this updated classic. Learn what to do-and what NOT to do-during production and get the job done right the first time.

The Camera Assistant's Manual, Sixth Edition covers the basics of cinematography and provides you with the multi-skill set needed to maintain and transport a camera, troubleshoot common problems on location, prepare for job interviews, and work with the latest film and video technologies. Illustrations, checklists, and tables accompany each chapter and highlight the daily workflow of an AC.

This new edition has been updated to include:

A fresh chapter on the entry level camera positions of Camera Trainee/Production Assistant

Coverage of emerging iPhone apps that are used by filmmakers and ACs on set

An updated companion website offering online tutorials, clips, and techniques that ACs can easily access while on location (

All new sample reports and forms including AC time cards, resume templates, a digital camera report, and a non-prep disclaimer

Instruction and custom forms to help freelance filmmakers keep track of daily expenses for tax purposes

The Camera Assistant's Manual, Sixth Edition is an AC's bible for success and a must-have for anyone looking to prosper in this highly technical and ever-changing profession.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780240818689
Number of pages: 596
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
Edition: 6th New edition


"David Elkins is an elite craftsman who really knows his stuff! The Camera Assistant's Manual, Sixth Edition contains all of the essential, up-to-date information on how to fulfill the duties of a Camera Assistant with complete professionalism. If you aspire to a career in the camera department, this is a must own book!"
-Randolph Sellars, Director of Photography and Founder at Reel Pro Mentor

"This new edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual blends technical information with descriptive procedural narration that will help you be in the right place at the right time and perform those duties that are expected of you as a member of a camera crew. If you are an aspiring cinematographer, by all means, put this book at the top of your reading list, and if you've been in the business for years, but have not brushed up on the latest procedures, it's time to review and gain new knowledge!"
-Stan McClain,

"The film industry is finding itself in the most dynamic technical changes in its history, yet David's manual continues to keep up with changing trends. I not only recommend this book to the new Camera Assistant, but anybody who wants a real world understanding of what to expect on-set."
-Jim Roudebush, Panavision Inc.

"Elkins takes the best of the old school-techniques used to craft the best films ever made-and updates them for the digital world. Short of being on a set, this book is a great introduction to the most technically critical job in production."
-Art Adams, cinematographer/educator,

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