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

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8Before, During, and After the Job

Now that you have read the first seven chapters and, it is hoped, have a basic understanding of how to do the job of a First and Second Assistant Cameraman, I’d like to mention some of the things you should do before you get the job, how to act when you have the job, and finally what to do when it’s all over. Some of what is discussed here includes preparing a résumé, questions to ask during the interview, proper set etiquette, how to behave while on the job, freelance work and taxes, staying in contact with crew people after the job, and more.

Some people are not cut out for this type of work because of the uncertainty of when and where the next job will be, but if you are good at what you do and have established ...

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