How to Be A

Camera Assistant


How to Be A

Camera Assistant


7 Lessons

1 hours of
instructional video

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7 Lessons

1 hours of
instructional video

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Camera Assistant essentials from tools
and prep to proper technique

As a 1st AC, it’s imperative that you can skillfully rack razor-sharp focus. In How to be a Camera Assistant, veteran 1st AC Derek Edwards instructs you on how to master the art of focus pulling.

Derek starts by going through the tools in his murse (man-purse), then guides you step-by-step through the prep process for his camera packages, fluid heads, lenses, and monitor setup. Plus, glean tricks of the trade that would otherwise take you years of personal experience!

Course Includes:

Detailed written breakdowns

Guidance on tools for your kit

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  • Camera Assistant tools
  • How To Be a Camera Assistant with Derek Edwards
  • Filmmakers Academy mentor Derek Edwards - How To Be a Camera Assistant
  • Derek Edwards shows How To Be a Camera Assistant


  • How To Prep A Camera Package: Camera Assistant Series
  • How To Prep A Lens: Camera Assistant Series
  • What to Buy For Your AC Kit: Camera Assistant Series Pt 1
  • What to Buy For Your AC Kit: Camera Assistant Series Pt 2
  • How To Lay Marks and Crew Communication: Camera Assistant Series
  • How To Set Up Your Focus Monitor: Camera Assistant Series
  • How To Pull Focus: Camera Assistant Series

About The Mentor

Derek Edwards is Shane Hurlbut’s trusted 1st AC of over 20 years working on Hollywood productions. He continuously expands his vast knowledge of camera systems and methodology to remain at the forefront of the latest technology and complement the pioneering spirit worthy of an ASC cinematographer. Derek is a member of the Guild/Local 600.

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