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#1 Alex Kolb

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:14 AM

Hi all,
I have a show coming up working with a new assistant. They were previously a cable utility, so they're new to the job, not just to me. This got me thinking about what I'm expecting from them.

Just putting an open question out there for the TV ops here - how do you like to work with your assistant?

I know some people like their assistant holding the vest at all times. I myself have always gone for a selective approach; guiding me going back or on unevens, but hands off the rest of the time.

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#2 Chris Callarman

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 06:22 AM

If the camera is cabled, on most shows my assistant is there to primarily pull cable but he/she will also keep an eye out if I need a spot or some other help. If the my camera is wireless, I usually have them stay back a bit and out of the way but always keeping an eye on me so they can guide/spot me if needed, and also so they can grab batteries or whatever else I require throughout the show.

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