The first assistant cameraperson or 1st AC is the person on a film set responsible for pulling focus. For this reason, the first AC is often called the focus puller. The first assistant camera on a film crew works under the direction of the director of photographer, and will often assist with camera tech duties, such as lens changes. On smaller sets, the 1st AC might operate the slate.
- The first AC, not to be confused with first AD,…is the the first assistant cameraperson.…Their primary job is to maintain correct focus,…or in other words to pull focus.…Because of this, the first AC is sometimes called…the focus puller.…Our first AC was Marco Scaringi.…I met Marco when I was DP…on Bry Troyer's short film I Love You Puppet Man.…Marco was an absolute joy to work with…and he always comes over-prepared…with everything he might need for the job.…I mean, look at all that stuff on his belt.…I don't even know what half that stuff is for.…He's amazing.…
Because we didn't have a frequent need…for a lot of focus pulling, Marco also took care…of a lot of our camera tech, changing lenses,…moving the camera gear around.…You know, that type of thing.…Along with our incredible camera operator, Ty Huffer,…they made up our entire camera department.…On our production, we didn't have a second camera assistant,…and that's the person that usually handles slating shots,…so Marco handled that job as well most of the time.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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