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

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First Camera Assistant

After 2 or 3 years, you probably will move up from Second Camera Assistant (2nd A.C.) to First Camera Assistant (1st A.C.). In Britain and Europe, the 1st A.C. may be called the Focus-Puller. During production the 1st A.C. works directly with the 2nd A.C., the Camera Operator, and especially the Director of Photography (D.P.). The position of 1st A.C. requires great attention to detail. The 1st A.C. should stay as close as possible to the D.P. during shooting and be prepared for any number of requests. Keeping your eyes and ears open at all times, and never being too far from the D.P. or the camera is a sign of a good 1st A.C. A good 1st A.C. must be able to anticipate what the D.P. wants and respond to it immediately. ...

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