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When do you need a second assistant?
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« on: January 14, 2008, 07:46:21 PM »

Here's a pretty general question since I'm inexperienced at this.  When do you need a second assistant outside of the digital assistant.  I've heard that second assistants are often used, but don't really know the criteria for adding one to the shoot.  I can think of two reasons right off hand: a really big shoot involving allot of equipment, or a shoot done in multiple locations where the setups need to be in place at all locations for when a CEO might be on the move.  Any other reasons?  Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 09:35:30 PM »

Dan,
That's about it for me.
Sometimes, I need additional assistants because the client expects it, given the budget.
Most often I use ore than one because I am taking a lot of stuff on location, and need the additional pair of hands to wrangle everything.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 06:05:16 AM »

Peter,

Ok, thanks.  Just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking something.

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008, 10:17:36 AM »

On the assistant related note....I'm digital tech-ing on more and more shoots for the photographer I work for, and I've basically had to figure out best practices for tethered shooting on my own.  It's not all that difficult if you know computers, but finding all the bits and pieces like the rubber Canon firewire cable protector and learning to clamp cables to our digital cart has taken me time.  Is there a good resource that either of you know of for digital techs and tethered shooting configurations.  I'm thinking about starting a blog about this, but don't want to reinvent the wheel.  Maybe a tethered shooting category here on the DAM forum would be appropriate?

These guys: www.deathtofilm.com run a digital capture operation in LA and have had some good posts on tethering hardware in the past...but it's petered off a bit lately.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 05:08:31 PM »

Andris,
I'd be happy to start a tethered shooting subject here, if you want to oversee it. 
Just say the word.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 05:53:18 PM »

I guess overseeing it just involves answering as many posts as possible?  I'd be willing to do that, sure.  With the caveat that I'm still relatively new to running a digital cart on set...I may not have all the answers.

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008, 07:44:54 PM »

I guess overseeing it just involves answering as many posts as possible?  I'd be willing to do that, sure.  With the caveat that I'm still relatively new to running a digital cart on set...I may not have all the answers.

Andris

I think a tethered shooting discussion would be great. 
And by the way, Andris, don't feel like you need to have all the answers to lead a discussion.  The wonderful thing about a forum like this is the way information on best practices can emerge from the collective wisdom of all the participants.
(Thanks for the reference to the Death to Film blog.)

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2008, 05:00:48 AM »

Okay, I created the board.
When you have a minute, how about posting some links in the tethered area to get the discussion started.
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