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The Camera Assistant's Manual, 6th Edition by SOC David E. Elkins

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2The Camera Department

Film Productions

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

  • Director of Photography (DP)
  • Camera Operator
  • First Assistant Cameraman (1st AC or Focus Puller)
  • Second Assistant Cameraman (2nd AC or Clapper/Loader)
  • Film Loader (optional position on larger multi-camera productions)

This list is based on a union feature film and includes the basic key crew positions. All of the ...

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