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The Camera Assistant by Douglas Hart

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Camera Assisting

What is a Camera Assistant?

A professional motion picture Camera Assistant is a very valuable commodity, all too often overlooked in the hustle and hype of contemporary motion picture production.

The Camera Assistant is the person closest to the camera on the motion picture set, usually standing quietly on the camera's left side, ever alert. The Camera Assistant is instantly recognizable by the roll of white camera tape hanging on one side of his or her belt, usually balanced by a small pouch of pens, markers, and small tools on the other side.

The Camera Assistant is wary as someone approaches the sacred machine, as watchful as a mother grizzly bear with her cubs. Yes, someone may touch the camera, ...

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