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The Camera Assistant's Manual

7th Edition

By David E. Elkins, SOC


520 pages | 271 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138323353
pub: 2020-04-01
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Excel as a cameraman 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 seventh 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 both film and digital technologies. Illustrations, checklists, and tables accompany each chapter and highlight the daily workflow of an AC. With expanded sections on problems and troubleshooting, updated formulas, tables, and checklists, as well as new information on the differences between working in the US and UK and additional information on working with digital technology.

This is a must-have for anyone looking to succeed in this highly technical and ever-changing profession.

Featuring a comprehensive companion website that offers plenty of useful resources, including online tutorials that ACs can easily access while on location and supplementary downloadable forms and checklists.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 - Basics of Cinematography

Chapter 2 - The Camera Department

Chapter 3 - Camera Trainee and Camera Production Assistant (PA)

Chapter 4 - Second Assistant Cameraman (2nd AC) and Film Loader

Chapter 5 - First Assistant Cameraman (1st AC)

Chapter 6 – Film Productions - Problems and Troubleshooting

Chapter 7 – Cameras

Chapter 8 - Before, During and After the Job

Appendix A – Digital Cameras

Appendix B – Equipment and Apps

Appendix C – Camera Department Checklists, Production Forms and Labels

Appendix D – Tools, Accessories and Expendables

Appendix E – Tables and Formulas

Recommended Reading


About the Author

David E. Elkins, SOC has over 30 years of professional experience as a Camera Operator and First Assistant Cameraman, working on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, educational films, industrial films and much more. He has also taught classes and workshops on both the east and west coasts of the United States. He has been an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 since 1989 and the Society of Camera Operators since 1992.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Film & Video
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General