CHAPTER 2

Responsibilities of the Camera Assistant

Overview

The first logical step to take in a volume about professional motion picture camera assisting is to define what a Camera Assistant is and what a Camera Assistant does. In order to do this, however, we have to define what a lot of other people do as well, so it is clear how the Camera Assistant fits in to the team effort required for any motion picture project.

Filmmaking is a highly specialized undertaking. Neither the term “Art” nor the term “Business” describes the process adequately by themselves. The reality of film-making is that it is both an art and a business, and inseparably so. Perhaps “Industry” is the best description. Even the smallest, lowest-budget film involves many ...

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