Companion Web Site for The Camera Assistant's Manual, 7th Edition


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This site consists of the following material from the book:
  • All forms, labels and checklists included in Appendix C.

  • Selected camera and magazine illustrations and threading diagrams, including some that are not in this edition of the book.

  • Links to selected camera manuals.

  • Links to cinematography Apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Over 125 links to cinematography related websites

  • Selected tables and formulas from Appendix E.


About the author.


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David E. Elkins, SOC    

David E. Elkins, SOC has over 30 years of professional experience as a Camera Operator and First Assistant Cameraman, working on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, educational films and much more.  His more than 125 production credits include the television shows The Wonder Years, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Gabrielís Fire; feature films Waxwork, The Unholy, Claire of the Moon; commercials for McDonalds, Burger King, and Life Savers; music videos for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Coolio, Air Supply, Poco, along with many others.

In addition to his production experience, he has taught numerous film production  classes and workshops on both the East and West Coasts of the United States. He is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Society of Camera Operators and is the author of Camera Terms and Concepts, also published by Focal Press.

  Forms, Checklists & Labels
  Camera Threading Diagrams
  Tables and Formulas
  Cinematography Resources & Links
  Camera Manual Links
  Power Point Presentations




  Information provided on this site is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Every effort has been made to insure accuracy and conformance to standards accepted at the time of publication.

The reader is advised to research other sources of information on these topics.

  The user assumes the entire risk as to the accuracy and the use of this document.  Information on this site may be copied and distributed subject to the following conditions:

1.  All text must be copied without modification and all pages must be included;

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Using a Panavision Panaflex Gold 35mm camera as the example camera, this video shows many of the steps you should follow when doing a basic film camera prep.  It is by no means complete, but covers most of the steps you should follow.  Please keep in mind that each camera system is different.   Cameras such as those from Arriflex, Aaton or Moviecam, may not have all of the same features as the Panavision.  Camera components and accessories may attach differently or look different from one camera system to the next.  This video is designed to help you understand the basics of the prep.  The important thing is to check everything so that you are sure that the camera system will function properly on the first day of production (hopefully).  Be sure to check out the section on Camera Prep in Chapter 5 of The Camera Assistant's Manual, 7th Edition and also don't forget to use The Camera Prep Checklist from Appendix C as a guide when performing the prep.  The Camera Prep Checklist may also be downloaded from the Forms, Checklists and Labels page of this web site.



Film Camera Prep Video on Vimeo

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Film Camera Prep Video on You Tube



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Camera Assistant
Tools & Equipment

Expendables Film Camera Reports

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Previous Editions of The Camera Assistant's Manual

First Edition Second Edition Third Edition Fourth Edition Fifth Edition Sixth Edition

Foreign Language Editions of The Camera Assistant's Manual

Spanish Edition Spanish - Second Edition Japanese Edition Korean Edition


Other Books by David E. Elkins

Camera Terms and Concepts
Published in 1993 - Currently Out of Print


Forms, Checklists
& Labels
Camera Threading
Tables and
Cinematography Resources
 & Links
Camera Manuals



Title Bar used with permission of Focal Press

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Updated 05/01/2020