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.
About the Author:
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.
Describes the duties of the first and second camera assistants, from preproduction equipment checkout through the actual shooting to the equipment wrap, explaining theory and practice in areas such as feature films, episodic television, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Topics include film formats and aspect ratios; testing equipment; focus theory; scene blocking; shooting tips; equipment maintenance; set etiquette; and finding work. Includes reference appendices, and b&w drawings of male camera assistants at work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)