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Professional Cameraman's Handbook, The, 4th Edition by Verne Carlson, Sylvia E Carlson

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chapter 3

Loading-Room Procedures

Loading-room procedures must be studied thoroughly; when they become “second nature,” they will ensure maximum efficiency. A loader should never deviate from the routine: Consistency in placement of film, tools, and supplies enable the loader to complete work in darkness with the ease and familiarity of working in daylight.

3.1 TESTING THE LOADING ROOM

The most important step in loading is the first: guaranteeing an absolutely lighttight room. A loading room must be considered unsafe until tested, regardless of whether it is a permanent, temperature-controlled, air-filtered installation or a portable plywood “hotbox” on a sound stage. Ambient light filtering through wall punctures, air vents, or doorjamb cracks ...

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