Yesterday I asked you what you could do to save time, be faster, and improve your efficiency as a camera assistant (AC). I want to keep exploring that topic the next two weeks by sharing one tip per day that will help you become a quicker camera assistant. Today’s tip is:
1. Use a Camera Cart to Transport Gear & Equipment
Some camera packages contain an abundance of cases that slow you down when you have to move them. Even simply turning around in a scene is a hassle as you move each case one-by-one until the whole lot is out of the shot.
Meanwhile, with a camera cart, you can simply wheel everything away all at once in an instant.
No matter the situation — from expansive locations to a confined studio — having your equipment on a cart drastically reduces time between scene changes and setups. Best of all, using a camera cart is physically easier, making it less likely that you’ll run out of fumes at the end of a long day.
Most rental houses have camera carts available, but many camera assistants end up buying their own. A quality cart made specifically for ACs can be expensive, so if your budget is limited look into cheaper alternatives such as this Rubbermaid cart.
Now over to you: do you use camera carts for your gear?