The Camera Assistant's Number 1
Posted 15 November 2008 - 10:55 AM
Thanks in advance.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 11:53 AM
This calm demeanor can only be facilitated by your organization, both with equipment and a clear delineation of duties. Especially when there are multiple camera packages and crews (A, B, C, etc cameras), having the Key First or Key Second in charge of who needs to do what and when and where and with what keeps the entire department running at peak efficiency.
Experience also comes into play as someone who has been around for a while will be able to anticipate the needs of the setup and future setups in the day and in days ahead. That said, the crew is primarily a reactionary force, ready to fulfill the oft-times changing desires and demands of the Director, the DP, and other Keys. So the ability to stay on your toes, remain alert, and calmly execute the responsibilities of your specific job is probably the most important skill a Camera Assistant can have.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 01:34 PM
For example you're given a camera position. Not only do you go there with camera but you also go there with all of the things you need to keep close like lenses, filters, magazines, and your extra battery.
Another quick one: If you're given a lens to change to, you have to remember to change any other stuff like donuts, perhaps the mattebox if you're going from a prime to a large zoom, give the gate a quick check while you're at it, make sure the lens and filters are clean.
Oh, and don't get huffy when the director and/or DP keep changing their mind. It happens.
Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:23 PM
Many questions will be answered by just observing and assimilating.
Keep the DP/camera operator comfortable.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 07:45 PM
Speed is still very important. You need to be fast, precise, organized, and move with a purpose. As a 2nd I feel my job is to make sure every need, be it equipment or information or anything, that the 1st AC, Cam Op, and DP needs that its your job to provide whatever you have available to them. Do not though sacrifice your abilities to get the job done quickly. Learn to adapt fast. You may be comfortable with doing things a certain way but you need to follow the lead of the department. Being able to work well with others is what will keep you employed.
PS: If you don't know, don't say you don't know but rather say "I'll find out" or "Can you show/teach me?"