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The Camera Assistant's Manual
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Focal Pr
Publication date February 25, 2013
Pages 592
Binding Paperback
Edition 6
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780240818689
ISBN-10 0240818687
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.85 lbs.
Original list price $54.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

Excel as an Assistant Cameraman (AC) in today’s evolving film industry with this updated classic. Learn what to do―and what NOT to do―during production and get the job done right the first time.

The Camera Assistant’s Manual, Sixth Edition covers the basics of cinematography and provides you with the multi-skill set needed to maintain and transport a camera, troubleshoot common problems on location, prepare for job interviews, and work with the latest film and video technologies. Illustrations, checklists, and tables accompany each chapter and highlight the daily workflow of an AC.

This new edition has been updated to include:

  • A fresh chapter on the entry level camera positions of Camera Trainee/Production Assistant
  • Coverage of emerging iPhone apps that are used by filmmakers and ACs on set
  • An updated companion website offering online tutorials, clips, and techniques that ACs can easily access while on location (
  • All new sample reports and forms including AC time cards, resumé templates, a digital camera report, and a non-prep disclaimer
  • Instruction and custom forms to help freelance filmmakers keep track of daily expenses for tax purposes

The Camera Assistant’s Manual, Sixth Edition is an AC's bible for success and a must-have for anyone looking to prosper in this highly technical and ever-changing profession.

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6 edition from Focal Pr (February 25, 2013); titled "The Camera Assistant's Manual"
9780240818689 | details & prices | 592 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $54.95
About: Excel as an Assistant Cameraman (AC) in today’s evolving film industry with this updated classic.
5th edition from Focal Pr (March 2, 2009); titled "The Camera Assistant's Manual"
9780240810577 | details & prices | 516 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.88 lbs | List price $55.95
About: The Fifth Edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual has been completely updated to reflect the technology of today, providing crucial guidance to student filmmakers as they prepare to enter the professional world and work as camera assistants.
4th edition from Focal Pr (January 28, 2005); titled "The Camera Assistant's Manual"
9780240805580 | details & prices | 488 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $55.95
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3 sub edition from Focal Pr (October 1, 2000); titled "The Camera Assistant's Manual"
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9780240801131 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $26.95
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About: Introduces students and young professionals to the duties and responsibilities of the First and Second Camera Assistant.

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