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1st AC HELP PLEASE (1 reply and 1 comment)

12 months ago
rlandry1 12 months ago

Hello all!

Quick question for everyone in general, though it would certainly be interested to get a Hollywood perspective on this subject.

So, a bit of context before I put forth my question: I will be taking a 1st AC position on a student film thesis project. Though, I minored in filmmaking in college, I was never blessed with the opportunity to tackle the job of a 1st Assistant Camera.

What is some advice you could give me on what my overall role should be. Should I expect anything like measuring focal point distances etc., etc. all that jazz? How should I prepare for this undertaking? Are there any particular tools I should bring with me, like a measuring tape, etc.?

Any advice you guys could give me on the subject would be greatly appreciated.


David M
11 months ago
David M 11 months ago

Yes, you will be pulling focus and many other duties. It’s a very very high skill job and not one you generally just jump into without thoroughly knowing what the job entails.»


11 months ago

Thanks for the confirmation. I've done tons of focus pulling and I believe I've done many of the various jobs of an 1st AC on less "official" projects. This would be my first time doing it in a slightly more official context.

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