Every thing a good AC should know!
Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:21 PM
First If you could tell me the task of an AC I would love a rundown of an AC on the set of a film feature, and or digital Tv broadcast.
second what equipment should an AC own, or be comfortable using? on the shoot for a film, or digital Tv broadcast.
and third, what is the average pay of an AC, on a feature film, or a tv broadcast?
o and one more small thing If someday I wanted to move my way up to a Director of photography, whats a better job to start with AC, or a grip, and which one generally pays enough to live off of?
Thank you for all you help!
Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:17 AM
Some good tools I carry around when I AC are, blower brush, lens cloth, lens tissue, measuring tape, small allen wrenches (metric & english), camera tape ( like paper ) , light meter ( you never know when you need to take a quick reading for the DP, NOT necessary though), MAG-Lite ( the small one ), Leatherman, Scissors, Sharpie, that little magnifying glass flashlight thingy they sell at Studio Depot, Dry-Erase marker.
Posted 08 February 2007 - 01:09 PM
Some folks complain that working in film is all about networking, its who you know... but really its who knows you! Your rep precedes yourself. Its a personality-driven field, for the most part, and your success is ultimately dependent on yourself... But I'm sure you know this already.
As for a definition of the job: Kenny pretty much nailed many of the various responsibilities, but to make a broader statement, the AC is 100% responsible for everything that happens with the camera + cam gear (except, of course, for operating, which will fall on the Camera Operator or DP). You need an in-depth knowledge of your gear and how its used in order to set-up, maintain and troubleshoot on set, and keep production flowing and ensure that the DP's choices are put into effect (within the boundaries of your role, obviously).
In terms of gear, look on the AC Supplies page of the Film Tools site and pick up one of everything (Kidding. Sort of.)! You'll find that the tools you need may change with each job, but eventually you'll build a decent kit and be prepared for any situation.
If your final goal is to be a DP, then camera dept. is the place to start. I have to say though, doing G+E work alongside being an AC is beneficial. The more you know about other jobs and responsibilities the more you'll be able to gel and work well with others on set.
Oh, and don't tell people, "I'm really a DP, but I just AC on the side." Its really annoying and endears you to no one. Best of luck!
Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:17 PM
Posted 08 February 2007 - 10:43 PM
Posted 09 February 2007 - 06:55 PM