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The camera assistant's manual. 6th, rev. ed.

Author: Elkins.
Publisher: Oxford : Focal Press 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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. This book 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elkins.
ISBN: 9780240818689 0240818687
OCLC Number: 844236530
Description: 596 pages
Contents: Preface xviiAcknowledgments xxiIntroduction xxv1 Basics of Cinematography 1Film Formats 1Single Perf or Double Perf 2Videotape and Digital Shooting 4Aspect Ratios 4Shots and Composition 8Film Stock 12Emulsion 13Base 13Anti-halation Backing 14Types of Film 14Negative Film 14Reversal Film 14Film Speed 15Sync Speed 16Exposure Time 16Exposure Meters 17Color Temperature and Color Balance 19The Camera 20Gate 21Intermittent Movement 21Pull Down Claw 22Registration Pin 22Aperture Plate 23Pressure Plate 23Shutter 23Shutter Angle 24Inching Knob 25Viewing System 26Diopter Adjustment 26The Lens 27Primes and Zooms 28F-stops and T-stops 28Magazines 30Motor 30Batteries 30Additional Camera Components 31Sync and MOS 32Filters 32Conversion Filters 3385 Filter 3480 A Filter 34Neutral Density Filters 34Polarizing Filters 35Combination Filters 35Optical Flat 35Diffusion Filters 36Fog and Double Fog Filters 37Low-Contrast Filters 38Soft-Contrast Filters 38Ultra-Contrast Filters 38Coral Filters 38Enhancing Filters 39Graduated Filters 39Diopters 39Filter Manufacturers 40Camera Mounts 40Tripods and Spreader 40High Hat/Low Hat 42Tripod Heads 42Fluid Head 42Gear Head 43Steadicam 44Dolly 452 The Camera Department 48Film Productions 48Director of Photography 49Preproduction 51Production 52Postproduction 52Camera Operator 52Preproduction 53Production 53First and Second Assistant Cameramen 54First Assistant Cameraman (1st AC or Focus Puller) 54Preproduction 54Production 55Postproduction 56Second Assistant Cameraman (2nd AC or Clapper/Loader) 56Preproduction 56Production 57Postproduction 58Film Loader 58Preproduction 58Production 59Digital Productions 59Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) 60Video Controller 60Camera Utility 61Digital Utility 62Digital Loader/Data Manager 623 Camera Trainee and Camera Production Assistant (PA) 64Preproduction 65Working with the Film Laboratory 66Obtaining Laboratory Supplies 66Choosing and Ordering Expendables 66Preparation of Camera Equipment 66Preparation of Camera Truck 67Production 67Start-of-the-Day Procedures 67Camera Reports 68Recording Shot Information 69Marking Actors 69Slates and Slating 69Changing Lenses, Filters, Magazines, and Accessories 70Using a Video Tap and Monitor 70Record Keeping and Filing of Paperwork 70Packing Equipment 71Tools and Accessories 71Camera Trainee and PA Tips 714 Second Assistant Cameraman (2nd AC) and Film Loader 74Preproduction 75Working with the Film Laboratory 76Obtaining Laboratory Supplies 77Choosing and Ordering Expendables 78Preparation of Camera Equipment 79Preparation of Camera Truck 80Preparation of Darkroom 81Production 82Start-of-the-Day Procedures 83Setting Up the Camera 84Organizing Equipment 85Film Stocks 87Film Stock Packaging Sizes 89Camera Reports 90Recording Shot Information 102Magazines 104Loading Magazines 106Unloading Magazines 115Using a Changing Bag or Changing Tent 119Marking Actors and Camera Positions 122Slates 127Slating Procedures 132Changing Lenses, Filters, and Magazines 137Using a Video Tap and Monitor 140Preparing Exposed Film for Delivery to the Lab 140Shipping Film (Exposed and Unexposed) 144Film, X-Rays, and Carrying Film on Planes 144Ordering Additional Film Stock 145Using Short Ends and Recans 147Storage and Care of Motion Picture Film 148Unexposed Film 148Exposed Film 149Film Inventory and Record of Film Shot 149Completing Film Inventory Forms 152Distribution of Reports 170Record Keeping and Filing of Paperwork 170Performing the Duties of First Assistant Cameraman 172Packing Equipment 172Tools and Accessories 1732nd AC/Loader Tips 174Resources 181Postproduction 181Wrapping Equipment 182Working in Digital Video 182Preproduction 183Production 184Setting Up the Camera 185Camera Reports 185Magazines 186Marking Actors 187Slates and Slating Procedures 187Moving the Camera and Setting Up the Video Monitor 189Preparing Media Cards and Hard Drives 189Ordering Additional Media Cards 190Storage and Care of Media Cards 190Videotapes, X-Rays, and Magnetic Fields 190Tools and Accessories 191Postproduction 191Wrapping Equipment 191Review Checklist for Second Assistant Cameraman(2nd AC or Clapper/Loader) 192Preproduction 192Production 192Postproduction 193Review Checklist for Film Loader (Loader) 194Preproduction 194Production 1945 First Assistant Cameraman (1st AC) 195Preproduction 195Choosing Camera Equipment 196Choosing and Ordering Expendables 196Preparation of Camera Equipment 197The Rental House 199Camera Prep Checklist 202Production 222Start-of-the-Day Procedures 223Loading and Unloading Film in the Camera 225Keeping the Camera Clean 226Oiling and Lubricating the Camera 226Setting the Viewfinder Eyepiece 228Lenses 233Prime Lenses and Zoom Lenses 234Checking for Lens Flares 237Depth of Field 239F-stops and T-stops 250Changing Lenses, Filters, and Accessories 253Focus Measurements and Following Focus 255Getting Your Marks 261Focusing Tips 263Zoom Lens Moves 268Shooting the Shot 269Footage Readings 270Checking the Gate 271Moving the Camera 273Performing the Duties of Second Assistant Cameraman 274End-of-the-Day Procedures 275Packing Equipment 275The Walkaway 275Tools and Accessories 276Using Computers and Technology 2771st AC/Focus Puller Tips 280Resources 290Postproduction 290Wrapping Equipment 291Working in Digital Video 291Preproduction 292Choosing and Ordering Expendables 293The Rental House and Preparation of Camera Equipment 293Production 293Setting Up the Camera 294Loading and Unloading Media Cards into the Digital Camera 295Swapping Hard Drives 296Lenses (Primes and Zooms) 296Checking for Lens Flares 296Focusing and Depth of Field 296Moving the Camera 300White Balancing 300Tools and Accessories 300Postproduction 301Wrapping Equipment 301Review Checklist for First Assistant Cameraman(1st AC or Focus Puller) 301Preproduction 301Production 302Postproduction 3036 Problems and Troubleshooting 304Camera Problems 306Camera Will Not Run 306Camera Does Not Stop When Switched to "Off" 308Camera Starts and Stops Intermittently 308Camera Stops While Filming 309Camera Is Noisy 310Shutter Does Not Spin (No Flicker Seen through theViewfinder) 311Unable to Thread Film into the Gate Area 311Camera Door Does Not Close 311Film Jams in Camera 312Film Rips or Has Torn Perforations 312Film Loses Loop 312Camera Does Not Run at Sync Speed 312Viewing System Is Blacked Out 313A Fuse Blows When Connecting Electrical Accessories 313When Shooting a Television Monitor orComputer Screen, a Roll Bar Moves through the Screen 314Magazine Problems 314Film Cones When Removing from Magazine 314Film Does Not Take Up 315Magazine Is Noisy 316There Are Scratches on the Film 316Lens-Related Problems 317Lens Will Not Focus 317Image Is Fogged When Looking through Viewfinder 319Zoom Lens Motor Runs Erratically 319Zoom Lens Does Not Zoom throughoutIts Entire Range of Focal Lengths 319Lens Flares Are Seen When Looking through the Viewfinder 320Unable to Adjust F-stop/T-stop 320Battery Problems 321Battery Loses Power 321Battery Will Not Hold Charge 321Video Assist Problems 321Image on Video Monitor Is Out of Focus or Is Tilted to the Side 321There Is No Image on Video Monitor 322Tripod and Head Problems 322Tripod Head Does Not Pan or Tilt 322Tripod Legs Do Not Slide Up or Down 322Weather and Environmental-Related Problems 323Shooting in Extreme Cold Weather 323Shooting in Extreme Heat 323Filming in or Around Salt Water and Camera andMagazine Fall into the Water 324Color Balance/Filter Problems 324Filters Don't Fit in Matte Box 324Shooting Outside Using Tungsten-Balanced FilmWithout an 85 Filter 325Shooting Inside with Tungsten Light Using Daylight-BalancedFilm Without an 80A Filter 325Developed Image Problems 326Projected Image Is Shaky or Unsteady 326Projected Image Is Out of Focus 326Projected Image Contains Spots or Lines 327Image Is Not Aligned During the Video Transfer 328Shooting in Foreign Countries 328Shooting in Countries Using a Different Electrical System 328Troubleshooting Tips 3287 Film Cameras 330Aaton A-Minima 331Aaton Xtera and XTR-Prod 332Aaton 35-III 333Aaton Penelope 334Arriflex 16 SR1, 16 SR2, and 16 SR3 335Arriflex 416 336Arriflex Arricam Lite (LT) 337Arriflex Arricam Studio (ST) 340Arriflex 235 342Arriflex 535A and 535B 343Arriflex 435 345Arriflex 35BL3 and 35BL4 347Arriflex 35-3 348Arriflex 765 352Moviecam Compact and Moviecam Super America 353Moviecam SL 356Panavision Panaflex 16 358Panavision Panaflex Gold and GII 360Panavision Panaflex Millennium and Millennium XL 362Panavision Panaflex Platinum 364Panavision Panastar II 366Panavision Panaflex 65 367Panavision 65 mm High Speed 369Panavision 65 mm Handheld 371Photo-Sonics Actionmaster 500 372Photo-Sonics 1VN 373Photo-Sonics 35-4B/4C 374Photo-Sonics 35-4E/ER 376Photo-Sonics 35-4ML 3788 Before, During, and After the Job 379Union or Non-Union 379IATSE and Local 600 381Joining the Union 382Before the Job 386The Resume and Business Cards 387Email and Web Sites 392The Job Interview 393The Deal Memo 396During the Job 397On-Set Etiquette 403After the Job 404Invoicing and Time Cards 404The Next Job 409Networking 410The Freelance Filmmaker and Taxes 411Appendix A Film Stock 419Appendix B Equipment, Software, and Apps 422Appendix C Camera Department Checklists,Production Forms, and Labels 442Appendix D Tools, Accessories, and Expendables 493Appendix E Tables and Formulas 518Recommended Reading 551Glossary 558Index 586
Responsibility: David E. Elkins.

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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. This book 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, among others: 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.

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