Author: David E. Elkins

David E. Elkins

David E. Elkins, SOC has over 25 years of professional experience as a Camera Operator and First Assistant Cameraman, working on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, educational films, industrial films and much more. He is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Society of Camera Operators.

Posts by David E. Elkins:

shots and composition

Shots and Composition: A Breakdown

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A film is made up of a series of photographic images and each image in the film is commonly referred to as a frame. Each frame contains objects and shapes arranged in a composition. A sequence of frames together is commonly referred to as a shot. Visual productions, whether they are movies, television shows, music…

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VIDEO: The Basic Steps of Camera Prep

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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 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…

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Don’t Let Mother Nature Ruin Your Shoot!

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Shooting in Extreme Cold Weather If you will be working in extreme cold weather situations for an extended period, leave the camera equipment in the camera truck at night so that it remains at a consistent cold temperature throughout the production. If it is necessary to bring the camera equipment inside after being in a…

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