You are on page 1of 2


Department of Performing and Screen Arts

Bachelor in Performing and

Screen Arts
Course Name Semester Year
PASA6271 Camera 2a 1 2009
Lecturer (s) Course Co-ordinator
Dan Wagner, Alan Locke Dan Wagner
Marker(s) Moderator(s)
Dan Wagner Alan Locke
Course grade
Assignment No. & Title Due Date Return Date
2 2nd Assistant Camera 30% 5th June 3rd July
Course Aims:
To enable students to increase understanding of specialised theories, concepts, techniques and
technologies for camera while evolving a personal methodology that will give expression to individual
creative development and practice.

Learning Outcome(s):
2. Utilise skill in the handling and operation of specialist camera/lighting equipment and technology.

You will be assessed as a 2nd AC either on the “Location Exercise” project or on the “Adverts” project.
Both are similar in that they will be shot in practical locations (as opposed to in a studio or on
campus). You will be expected to understand and to fulfil all the duties of the 2 nd AC (a.k.a. “The
Director of Photography Equipment”). Assessment method: tutor observation plus anecdotal
evidence from crew and other attending tutors. Camera logs and slate performance (via rushes) will
also be factors considered in your assessment.

Marking Criteria:
1. Ensure that all gear necessary to accomplish the shoot is transported to and from set
safely, and that all precautions are taken to avoid harm to equipment or people. (15%)
• Make sure cam package includes all needed for shoot, and that all is working well
o The test (prepping the gear)
• Gear Safety
o Transported and stored to avoid damage to gear
o Stored and staged to avoid harm to others
o Kept secure from walking away
o Weather protection close to camera and other gear at all times.

2. Keep gear on shoot organised and appropriately accessible so as to provide equipment to

the 1st AC as required. (15%)
• Gear organisation –
o what’s up front – your lunchroom counter to serve from
 just the essentials
 kept orderly & accessible
 staged out of the way but easy to reach
 away from shooting angle
o what’s kept back – the pantry for longer term storage
 safe
 cases accessible
 no drinks on top

1 24914540.doc
3. Demonstrate skill and savvy whilst marking actors’ placement. (10%)
• Marking actors – when and how
o Invisibility
o Types of marks

4. Correctly and accurately operate the slate. (10%)

• Accuracy & legibility
• Slate in correct position for shot
o Know what the shot is
o Different kinds of slating
 Sync/mos slates
 ECU protocol
 Soft stix/hard stix
 Tail slate (aka end mark, end stix, tail stix)
 2nd stix

5. Correctly, accurately and thoroughly keep camera logs. (10%)

• Camera data
o General every time
 Shot size
 Stop
 Filters?
o For matching coverage
 Lens size
 Distance to subject
• Tidiness and legibility a must!

5. Maintain flow of batteries on and off the set. (10%)

• Charge “down” batteries if required
o Remember to take a charger with you and find a place to plug it in as soon as you
• Cycling
• Marking if charged or spent
• Keep one spare charged battery near camera at all times

6. Remain attentive to the other members of the camera department. (15%)

• Always watching 1st AC for needs
o Try to anticipate their needs
 Balance between too much and not enough anticipation
• Creature comforts – DP, Operator, 1st AC
o Beverages
o Garments
o DP meters

7. Wrap the job according to protocol. (15%)

• Ensure that all gear is returned in an orderly fashion
o All items in their proper cases
 Packed away properly
o Cables coiled neatly
o Lockers loaded tidily
o Keys returned straight away
o Any equipment error (including loss or damage) reported immediately, with proper
• Ensure that all camera media and shot records are handed-off properly
o P2 Cards in their designated locations
 Cards labelled thoroughly and accurately
o Camera logs in their designated locations
 Logs filled out completely and tidily

2 24914540.doc