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E. Roni Beraha
On 5/13/19, 1:02 PM

Well. No matter what you do or say or even communicate to your best, the operator will have to follow the actor. If the Actor does something that he didn't do in the rehearsal, the operator will do follow accordingly.

Sometimes, the operator will frame a shot that was not talked before that he may like and thought that it will fit the story.

The more you know the operator, the more you will get used to his behaviours and unrehearsed moves.

Regards,

Roni Beraha



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Fabio

--Fabio--
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--Fabio--

Started out as a focus puller 8 years ago, I shot movies and commercials in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Uk, Bulgaria, Morocco and USA. Love everything camera related, gear porn and sharp lenses. Sharpness is not debatable.

Fabio
On 5/23/19, 11:29 AM

As of me, right now I’m working on a tv show and my camera is on stedicam 90%, rehearsals are a rare thing and my operator is a person that you would define creative. My two cents are to have a good rangefinder, try to learn distances for any given lens and any given shot. For instance that with a 35mm, if a person is in medium shot is probably 1.5/.17 meters away (its a wild guess, don’t take me literally). And then, try to learn the “ticks” of the operator so you can anticipate them. Aside of that a whole lot of patience!

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What I found out with cinetape is, someone always bumps to it and it will point ti any direction other than your target and give tou a false reading. So eyeball measurement and peaking will get you

E. Roni Beraha
on 5/23/19, 12:41 PM

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Vince

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A focus-puller is the eyes of the audience. It's like telling a story without any words.

Vince
On 5/13/19, 3:26 PM

With handheld I try to see what the operator is trying to frame and what story he is trying to tell. It's always possible that the operators chooses something else during the take. Try to figure out what he want's and when he or she is not sure, try to find out the possibilities during rehearsals if possible. When on dolly or crane I talk with the dolly-grip or crane operator what movement they are willing to do. Just try and be prepared for every kind of situation! All the best

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Thanks!!

Argel Garcia Aldana
on 5/13/19, 5:11 PM

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Gunnar Mortensen

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--Gunnar Mortensen--

E Gunnar Mortensen saw 2 Panaflex cameras drive by on a process trailer for the filming of Ladybugs. Even at that young age he was hooked. Came up through the Camera Department in Denver before moving to LA. Considered to be a career Focus Puller he has worked to not only to improve his skills but also has taught workshops to build the camera community around the globe.

Gunnar Mortensen
On 5/20/19, 2:52 PM

Moving forward with a plan will always yield the highest success. That being said working with the same operator, you can notice their ticks and anticipate their movement. That is when you know you two are working in harmony. 



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Mark Davis
On 5/21/19, 2:08 PM

I'm as aware and present as I can be when the DP or op is setting up the shot and working through rehearsals (if we have time for such things, lol).  Sometimes there is so much going on that I dont get to really have much of a conversation with the op, so I benefit greatly from just listening to the op's chatter with the talent or director and trying to decode what might happen with the action or blocking.  A good 1st will know when its appropriate to talk and when its not, and I do my best to not interrupt unless its absolutely necessary.  however, if I feel I need some info for myself because it might be the difference between a good take and a buzzed take, etc.  then I will ask.  Know your DP/op, and you will figure out how they function, what their tendencies are, and ask lots of questions when you can so that you can reduce getting into a bind if things get wild.



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Aidan Gray

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IATSE Local 600 Camera Assistant | Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - New York, NY

Cmotion cPro System Owner 1x cPro Motor, 2x cForce Mini Motors, Teradek Bolt 1000XT 1:1, Teradek SidekickLT, SmallHD 703Bolt, SmallHD 703U, SmallHD 1703-P3X, Bright Tangerine 19mm Bridgeplate, BT Revolvr 19/15mm Studio FF, SolidCamera Scatterbox2 Goldmount/VMount Power Distro, IgniteDigi MoVi Pro System

 


Aidan Gray
On 5/13/19, 2:50 PM

Well back in the day... :) Honestly, these days I don't find focus pullers communicating at all with operators - I mean we'll talk between shots regarding where they end up, what focus they want, and we'll talk right after the rehearsal, but in term of talking during the take, usually not. The only exception here is with some of my Steadicam operator friends or remote head work - we'll rent a set of HMEs or EarTecs, which are basically dedicated walkie talkies that are always on and allow crosstalk, so we can call out marks, narrate our movements, get communication from the DP, etc, etc... Some operators and focus pullers find them distracting, but I find them great for run'n'gun type commercial work when on a gimbal or Steadicam because no shot is ever the same twice (unfortunately). 

    For specific marks on difficult scenes, its not uncommon for a 2nd AC to call the marks out over the walkie channel, including how far off the marks the talent is - I only find this useful when on a dolly or sticks, handheld and Steadicam are usually a "fuck the marks" situation. 



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Clemens Hönig

--Clemens Hönig--

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Hi, I am Clemens Hönig, marketing manager at cmotion. Even though I am not a focus puller myself, my strength is to adapt quickly, spotting problems and come up with solutions. I also like to connect people, as I think everybody can learn from anybody. If you just starting at your carrier, make your own path and if you are already experienced, become a mentor...

Clemens Hönig
On 5/13/19, 11:41 AM

Hay Argel, 

Thanks for the post! FYI: I have deleted the original (Spanish post) Hope that`s ok. Even google translate worked fine to translate it, I think its good to have the tread in English...


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