I want to call attention to a video I found simply titled “Camera Assistant Failure.” In the video, the AC finds himself in a tight squeeze with a tricky focus pull, except he handled it poorly.
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Here’s a quick tip another camera assistant taught me: if you’re in a hurry to write on the slate and can’t find a dry erase marker, use a Sharpie. It’s supposed to be permanent but there is a way to erase it completely off the slate without having to worry about leaving any sort of residue…
Directors Andrew Gaynord and Joe Grace along with Rocket Sausage have given us a preview into the exciting new world of CGI-brows.
Though RED MX and Arri Alexa currently are the higher end options for digital cinema today, increasingly common is the practice of filming with DSLR cameras. Canon’s 7D is the frontrunner, though recent developments have even seen the iPhone make a crack. Well now Barbie Video Girl enters the scene with this video that compares the two camera systems side-by-side.
This video has been on the web for awhile now, but I just got around to posting it. It was posted by DP Timmy Rubensteiner who has his camera assistant Bubba Jo show us how the RED camera works.
On Vimeo, videographer Nelson Cuellar put together a short behind the scenes clip of the shoot that shows some footage, behind the scenes moments and interviews from Below the Beltway, an independent film shot on RED in DC last summer that I worked on.
This video comes from the UK’s “4Talent” show in 2008. It profiles camera assistant Gordon McMillan, who actually is technically a focus puller (the British film system is different from the American system).
With the Arri Alexa cameras, Pace has rigged an updated system to shoot 3D with the newest digital cinema camera. It’s the same system that Scorsese used/is using on his entry into the third dimension, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Slating can be tough. It’s not enough just to do it OK – you have to perfect all sorts of nuances and tricks. With that in mind, this video, “The Subtleties of the Slate,” is a welcome tutorial in the more advanced methods of master clappers.
Watch a montage of all the creative slates done by the Italian 2nd Assistant Camera on Inglourious Basterds.