If you don’t keep a Sharpie in your pocket, shame on you! I’ll have to report you to the Camera Assistant’s Council and they will recommend you for review and probation.
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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. With a camera cart, you can simply wheel everything away all at once in an instant.
One cable you’re likely to encounter on set is the BNC cable. In my experience, BNC cables are highly fickle and, if not treated right, can easily stop working. So here best practices to keep in mind to help you make your BNC cables last — at least until you have to return them!
Where would I be today without my second toolbag? Disorganized, lost, in a maelstrom of chaos. I’d be in shambles, subject to fitting all my tools into one bag and overloading it to the point where it’s not even practical to carry. That’s not the kind of world I want to live in — do you?
As a camera assistant, you know the value in being resourceful and there’s nothing more emblematic of that attitude than a solid do-it-yourself project.
The cheapest slate on Filmtools is $50. Fifty bucks won’t break the bank, but beginners may want to use that money for smaller, more necessary tools. So I went out to the store to see if you could make a clapperboard on a budget of $15 that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to bring to set.
There’s no arguing with the numbers that the iPhone platform is more powerful than ever. As a resourceful filmmaker, your job is to capitalize on any tool that can help you work on set faster, better, and with more efficiency. Having a smartphone enables you to do just that.
You can only sneak around set as a tape measure ninja for so long before it gets old. Sometimes you just
want need to stay next to the camera and get your marks. Introducing the laser measuring device: a technological godsend for the camera assistant who doesn’t have the time to walk on set with their soft tape measure.
Eyepiece chamois are soft round pads that wrap around a viewfinder to provide comfort for the camera operator while also protecting their eyes from germs that can cause infections. To make sure you maximize the benefits, you need to buy the right kind and the right quantity.
Some say it’s a life saver, while others call it sophisticated copy and paste. But in cold hard facts, R3D Data manager is a piece of software that allows you to safely transfer R3D files and RED camera footage from a card or drive onto multiple hard drive backups. There’s no doubt that the program works. I’ve used with success and it does what it says it’s able to do, but the big question is: is it worth your $80?