The Camera Assistant's Manual.
Fourth Edition.

Text by David E. Elkins. S.O.C.
Focal Press, New York City, 2005. 488 pp., numerous illustrations, 6x9".

Publisher's Description
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.
7 New companion website with extensive forms, charts, and illustrations to print out and use
7 Completely updated with information on digital video and high definition cameras that are changing the camera assistant's job
7 Career tips and complete job descriptions help camera assistants get and succeed at jobs
7 Companion website:
7 Author's site:

Review Quotes:
'David Elkins, SOC does it again. In this latest edition David covers all of the latest cameras and accessories that have been invented since the last edition. This is truly the 'Bible' for seasoned camera assistants, and an indispensable tool for all veteran and student film makers.'
- Stan McClain, SOC (Past President) Filmtools-President

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