From our ongoing exploration of ways to become a faster and more efficient camera assistant, today’s tip is:
9. Wear a Pouch
A camera assistant’s pouch is designed specifically to speed you up. It’s made to put the most needed tools right on your hip so that what you need, when you need it, is no more than an arm’s length away.
I am constantly teased by friends, family and sometimes crew that I wear a fanny pack for my job, but I use that “pouch” about 80% of the times I am on set because it provides quick access to small items like markers or a laser measuring device.
Ultimately, wearing an AC pouch is as a matter of personal preference. There are alternatives like frontboxes, cargo pants, and a fast 2nd AC, but there’s no doubt about a pouch’s potential usefulness.
Do you wear a pouch on set? If not, what do you use instead?