Jump to content


Is there a Conventional Camera Operators Handbook?

  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 Blair Phillips

Blair Phillips

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 52 posts

Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:58 PM

I am sure there are many, but i am wondering if there is one that you would considered as authoritative and complete as Jerry Holway's?
  • 0

#2 Robert Starling SOC

Robert Starling SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 1134 posts
  • Las Vegas, NV

Posted 13 December 2010 - 11:52 PM

Operating Cinematography for Film and Video: A Professional and Practical Guide by William Hines, SOC is a good book and I'm sure there are many others.

Whether any book on creativity and camera technique could be considered "authoritative and complete" is highly unlikely. Jerry spent years upon years assimilating, collaborating and writing the material for his book and in regards to Steadicam it is incredibly comprehensive. However, the nature of printed publishing out-dates books before they hit the rack. Who'd have ever guessed 2-3 years ago we'd see two dozen Canon 5D's on every set in the hands of an equal number of Producers :blink:

Read every book you can get your hands on, practice your craft, experiment with unfamiliar techniques and learn as much as you can about cinematic story telling.

  • 0

#3 RonBaldwin


    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 2351 posts
  • Los Angeles

Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:20 AM

I'd stick with anything written by Ted Churchill or Tom McDonough
  • 0

rebotnix Technologies

Engineered Cinema Solutions

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Ritter Battery

The Moses Pole - Steadicam Monopod

Omnishot Systems

Paralinx LLC

Wireless Video Systems

GPI Pro Systems

PLC - Bartech

Boland Communications


PLC Electronics Solutions

Betz Tools for Stabilizers

Varizoom Follow Focus