The most useful tips are often the simplest. This quick method will help you avoid those awkward moments when you’re rushing to find the right hex key and just can’t seem to find it.
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Work long enough in the camera department and you will eventually be blessed with a camera cart. But a good cart’s value doesn’t go unnoticed and you need to protect it because everyone else on the crew will be licking their lips, waiting to seize the opportunity to use your cart to lug their gear. And you can’t let that happen.
Camera assistants often wear a pouch on set to hold essential tools, gear and other knick-knacks. These pouches come in all shapes, sizes and brand names. But before you pony up the cash to buy one, ask yourself whether or not you would want to wear one at all.
Losing gear is part of the life cycle of a toolkit. A tool can easily find its way out of your hands in the hustle of production, but you should be spending money on new tools instead of replacement ones. If you have 10 minutes of time, you can save money and save your tools by using this easy tactic.
With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, but it’s their phone that has exploded within the filmmaking industry. From grips to gaffers, the iPhone has shown that it’s versatility makes it a tool worth keeping in your kit.
The world of film production adhesives is a confusing one, but tape in its various forms is integral to the flow of a film set and an essential part of a camera assistant’s toolbag. If you’re building up your kit, make sure you have these two types of camera tape sitting pretty waiting to be tabbed.
So you own a smartphone and it happens not to be an iPhone? You’re not alone, it appears. I’ve written plenty about iPhone apps, but now I am leaving that bias behind to explore the Android Market. Listed below are five solid cinematography apps that stand to turn that gadget in your pocket into the ultimate on set tool.
Fritz Gabriel Bauer, the man who helped develop both the Moviecam and Arricam, has gone on to create a system called EasyFocus. It isn’t designed to replace focus pullers, simply make their job easier, but what is it and how does it work?
ARRI has another valuable tool available on it’s website: a powerful resource for those shooting Alexa called the Alexa Frame Line Composer. Much like the Alexa Simulator web-app, the Frame Line Composer tries to translate features from the camera itself into a format that is viewable on the internet.
Soft tape, hard tape, and laser tape – all three of these tools measure distance, but they all do it in different ways. Some are more suitable for certain situations than others. Part of being a good camera assistant is having the right tools and knowing the right time to apply them.