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The Camera Assistant by Douglas Hart

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CHAPTER 10

Setup and Maintenance

The Morning Routine

When the Camera Assistant arrives at the studio or location in the morning, he or she has to start getting ready right away for the day's shooting. The other departments may have time for coffee and donuts, but not the Camera Assistants.

Often nothing else can happen in the morning until the camera is assembled and placed into position. This is why it is so vital that the Assistants develop the habit of punctuality. Better to be a half hour early than a half minute late. If you absolutely must have your coffee and donuts in the morning (with California crews, your “Breakfast Burrito”), or must brag to the boys and girls about your new car or your date last night, or discuss the football game, ...

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