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The Camera Assistant's Manual, 4th Edition by SOC David E. Elkins

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The Camera Department

Film Productions

The number of members in the film camera department depends on the kind of film being shot. Big-budget feature films usually have a larger crew than a low-budget film, TV commercial, or music video. It also depends on whether the production is union or non-union. In the United States the typical camera department usually consists of the following crew members:

Director of Photography (D.P.)

Camera Operator

First Assistant Cameraman (1st A.C.) (Focus Puller)

Second Assistant Cameraman (2nd A.C.) (Clapper/Loader)

Loader (optional position on larger multicamera productions)

This list is based on a union, big-budget feature film and includes only the basic crew positions. All of the following lists of camera ...

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