2nd AC (Assistant Camera)


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2nd AC or clapper loader) works the “clapper board,” the slate that marks the beginning of each take, keeping footage organized for the post-production team. The second AC keeps the information updated on the slate—for instance, which roll, scene, and take is being filmed—and claps it in front of the camera. Additional tasks that the second AC owns on set include:

  • Support the first AC during rehearsal by watching where actors move during scenes and placing focus marks on the ground in tape. This lets the first AC know where to pull focus while filming.
  • Keep a report of every shot, including individual camera settings. This ensures that during subsequent takes and reshoots, the footage looks consistent.
  • Help the first AC maintain and organize camera equipment and, if the movie is being shot on film, loading film stock into the camera.


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