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The cinematographer's camera crew includes assistants

 Camera assistant assists the photographer.
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  Camera assistant

The cinematographer's camera crew includes assistants such as:

Camera operator

  • operates the camera, according to the directions of the director and the cinematographer
  • is not responsible for planning the lighting or camera movements
  • is responsible for the action being in the shot, reacting to the action in front of the camera in a way that makes the camera movement seem deliberate

Focus puller

  • loads and empties the cartridges (unless there is a 2nd assistant cameraman)
  • changes the lenses
  • keeps the camera in working order
  • keeps the picture focused when moving the camera
  • fills in the lab reports (unless there is a 2nd assistant cameraman)
  • marks the places where the actors will stand and takes measurements between the object and the camera lens

2nd camera assistant

  • reports to 1st assistant cameraman
  • prepares the camera equipment for the 1st assistant cameraman
  • loads and empties the cartridges
  • fills in the lab reports
  • uses the clapperboard in the beginning or the end of each take

Loader

  • helps the 2nd assistant cameraman and loads the cartridges (when several cameras are used)

 

 
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