Welcome, and thank you for visiting my web
site. This site is designed to
give you an idea of my background and experience along with useful links and
tools to help you as a filmmaker and cinematographer. Included are my
professional resume along with a complete list of all of my professional
production credits as a camera operator and assistant cameraman. As the
author of The Camera Assistant's Manual, I have included a page about the book
and the many different editions and languages that it has been published in.
There is also a link to the companion web site for the book which includes many
film camera threading diagrams along with all of the custom forms included in
the book for you to download. Along with the book information there is a page with some of the articles that I have
written or interviews that I have done for various professional publications.
A photo page includes many personal as well as production photos.
I hope you enjoy the web site. If you find any errors or wish to make suggestions please click on the email link and send me a message. Thanks again for visiting.
David E. Elkins, SOC
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND HOW I GOT STARTED
In 1968 at the age of 14, while editing the family 8mm home movies, I had no idea that I would one day have a successful career as an assistant cameraman and camera operator. The thought of making filmmaking a career had never even entered my mind.
In 1976 I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Mathematics. Originally
my plans were to pursue a career teaching mathematics or possibly working in the computer field. These plans changed dramatically in 1980, while
I was recovering from major surgery: It was during that time that I decided it was time to do something new and different with
my life. On June 16, 1980 I packed up my car and headed for Los Angeles.
I have been a Camera Operator and First Assistant Cameraman for over 35 years, working with such exceptional cinematographers as John Schwartzman ASC, Victor Goss ASC, Eagle Egilsson ASC, Marvin Rush ASC, Randy Sellars, Mark Woods, Richard Clabaugh, Anthony Palmieri ASC and many others. My more than 125 production credits includes work on feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and educational films. In addition I have 30 years experience teaching cinematography classes and workshops throughout the United States.
As Camera Operator my work includes the feature film "American Yakuza" for DP Richard Clabaugh, along with the television movie "The Lighting Incident" and the music video "High Noon" for DP Victor Goss, A.S.C. As a First Assistant Cameraman I have had the opportunity to work on a number of award winning shows for television, including The Wonder Years and Star Trek: The Next Generation along with many other shows, including Gabriels Fire, Dream On, Tales from the Darkside and many more.
In addition to television, I have worked on a number of television movies and theatrical feature films including "Claire of the Moon", "Prey of the Chameleon", "Red Surf", "Waxwork", "The Unholy" plus many others.
I am the author of “The Camera Assistant’s Manual, Sixth Edition” published by Focal Press and a member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and the Society of Camera Operators.
Q & A Zoom Session Hosted by AC Caitlin Brown - March 2021
Q & A Zoom Session #2 Hosted by AC Caitlin Brown - September 2021
Click on above photos to be directed to the YouTube video.)