David E. Elkins, SOC

Camera Operator
First Assistant Cameraman

 

 

CV-Professional Resume
EDUCATION
 

Bachelor of Arts, Cinema, Cum Laude, 1985

Columbia College – Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

 

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, 1976
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

 

HONORS and AWARDS
 

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001

North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary), 1994

Columbia College – Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

 

Most Distinguished Alumni, 1991

Columbia College – Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

 

Instructor of the Year, 1989

Columbia College – Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

 


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1997-Present
School of Filmmaking
Winston-Salem, NC

 

Assistant Dean, September 1998-May 1999
Assistant Dean of Production, January 2004-Present

  • Responsible for student affairs, academic and socialization performance and directing students with disability issues to the proper resources.

  • Dean’s representative at weekly Production and Post Production meetings. 

  • Oversee all student productions.

  • Principal liaison between the Office of the Dean and the Production and Post Production Offices.

  • Assist the Director of Academic Programs in the discipline selection process for second year students.

  • Assist the Director of Administration in the updating of policies and procedures in the school’s Student Handbook and Safety Handbook.

  • Responsible for the design and implementation of all production related forms used by the school.

  • Work with the dean and other assistant deans to enforce and refine existing policies and regulations, including the handling of all student disciplinary matters.

  • Serve on various faculty committees including Studio System, Curriculum, Admissions, Web Site, Archives, along with various faculty/staff search committees.

  • Serve as Webmaster for the School of Filmmaking internal website.

Interim Dean, September 2006 – May 2007

  • Manage and oversee the School of Filmmaking personnel and budget.

  • Oversee all educational programs and curricular development.

  • Promote the school locally and nationally.

  • Work with the Chief Academic Officer and University Administrative Manager to recruit and maintain a diverse and professional faculty and staff.

  • Work with Assistant Deans, faculty and staff to provide a smoothly functioning support.

  • system for the students and educational programs.

  • Work with Assistant Deans, faculty and staff to administer the policies established for the school.

  • Work with the Director of Academic Programs to recruit a student body of the highest caliber.

  • Work with the Production Coordinator and Head of Post Production to oversee 200+ student films each year.

  • Supervise the planning and maintenance of all School of Filmmaking facilities.

  • Represent the School of Filmmaking effectively to the senior administration and the other schools at UNCSA.

  • Oversee the planning and maintenance of all School of Filmmaking facilities.

  • Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Administrative Cabinet.

  • Promote creative collaborations with the Schools of Dance, Drama, Design and Production, Music, and the divisions of Undergraduate. Academic and Graduate Programs and Student Life.

Filmmaker-in-Residence, Cinematography, September 1997 - September 2013
Associate Professor of Cinematography, September 2013 - May 2016
Professor of Cinematography, May 2016 - Present

  • Teach introductory film production class to all freshman students; course involves introduction to basic film and video equipment, production techniques, safety and the fundamentals of cinematography.

  • Teach advanced cinematography class to cinematography majors; course includes instruction on the setup and use of the advanced 16mm film camera that will be used for their thesis film along with instruction on the job responsibilities of each member of a professional motion picture camera department.

  • Advisor/Mentor to approximately 10-15 students each school year.  As advisor I meet with the students on a regular basis to discuss their progress in the program. Mentoring involves working directly with cinematography majors in the preparation and shooting of their third and fourth year film projects.

  • Taught professional camera workshops on the setup and use of Panavision 35mm Motion Picture Camera.

Department Chair, Cinematography, January 1999-Present

  • Attend meetings with the dean on behalf of the cinematography faculty. 

  • Coordinate monthly departmental meetings.

  • Develop cinematography curriculum along with other faculty input.

  • Approve syllabus and budget for all cinematography courses.

  • Recommend new equipment purchases for the cinematography department.

  • Prepare yearly budget for cinematography courses and equipment.


Columbia College-Hollywood, 1988-1996
Los Angeles, CA

 

President, 1994-1995

  • Responsible for management and administration of technical college offering Bachelors and Associates degrees in film and television production. 

  • Presided over graduations, awards banquets and other official ceremonies.

  • Chaired all meetings of the Board of Trustees. 

  • Officially represented the college at conferences and conventions. 

  • Communicated with other institutions of higher learning. 

  • Approved all expenditures involved in the daily operation of the school. 

  • Hired new staff and faculty as needed Faculty liaison to the dean for revising curriculum and developing new courses

  • Coordinated and supervised the preparation of self-evaluation reports for both state and federal accreditation agencies.

  • Established new policies and procedures for the school's equipment department.  Implemented the change of operating hours and equipment check out times to better serve the students.

Instructor, Cinematography, 1988-1996

  • Taught introductory cinematography class; course was a basic introduction cameras, lenses, film stock, filters, light meters, f-stops, composition and lighting. 

  • Designed and taught an assistant camera course which was an in-depth discussion of the job responsibilities and duties of an assistant cameraman on any film crew.

  • Initiated and negotiated for the acquisition of professional camera equipment for demonstration and use by the students.


WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

 

The Western Massachusetts Film Meetup Group – July 2013
Northampton, MA
 

  • A two hour seminar on the job of a first and second assistant cameraman on film and digital productions.  Topics included the ins and outs of the business, setup of the camera and how to conduct yourself on set.  The discussion will also include a basic discussion of unions and the interaction between the camera team and other film crew members.  The discussion also included how I got started in the business and tips on how to get work.


 

The Triangle Video & Film Production Group – May 2013
Apex, NC

  • A two hour seminar on the fundamentals of the job of a first and second assistant cameraman on film and digital productions.  Topics included the basics of the job, how and why we do specific things, unions and the interaction between the camera team and other film crew members.  The discussion also included how I got started in the business and tips on how to get work. 

 
Rule Boston Camera Learning Lab – August 2010
Boston, MA
  • A two hour workshop on the fundamentals of the job of a first and second assistant cameraman on film productions. Topics included the basics of the job, how and why we do specific things, unions and the interaction between the camera team and other film crew members.

 

Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, July - August 2008, June 2009
Middletown, CT

  • The CT FITP was designed to establish a skilled in-state film workforce, in order to provide incentive for producers to select Connecticut as a location for film and television. The state's strengthened production infrastructure will support a range of projects, making it easier for companies to carry out long-term productions in Connecticut. The FITP is designed for individuals who want to learn the basics of feature film and episodic television production and potentially pursue entry-level freelance work in the industry.
  • Taught camera workshop, which was an intensive two-week workshop covering all aspects of the job of Director of Photography, Camera Operator, First Assistant Cameraman, Second Assistant Cameraman and Loader.  Topics included camera prep and set-up, loading and labeling film magazines, following focus, slating shots, marking actors, filling out camera reports and inventory forms, and much more.   Hands-on work using the Panavision Panaflex Gold Camera.  Course also consisted of two days of a mock production on location and in the studio.


 

Boston Film & Video Foundation, July 1997, June-July 1998, July-August 2000,  June-July 2001
Boston, MA

  • Taught basic cinematography workshop, which was an introductory, course covering the basics of cinematography and filmmaking.  Topics included film stocks, film formats, cameras, lenses, magazines, exposure, basic composition, basic lighting and film crew positions and responsibilities. 

  • Taught camera assistant workshop, an intensive two-day workshop covering all aspects of the job of first and second assistant cameraman.  Topics included camera prep and set-up, supervising the camera department, loading and labeling film magazines, following focus, slating shots, marking actors, filling out camera reports and inventory forms, and much more.


 

Panavision, Inc., 1992-1993

Tarzana, CA

  • Assisted in the teaching of a workshop on the setup and use of the Panavision 35mm motion picture camera system; course included instruction on setting up the camera, loading and threading film and troubleshooting problems.

 

Panavision – Hollywood, 1991

Hollywood, CA

  • Assisted in the teaching of a basic second camera assistant course; course included instruction on basic set procedures, filling in camera department paperwork and loading film into the Panavision cameras.


OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE
 

Technical Copywriter/Editor for Canon Cinema EOS Lens Brochure, November 2012 – December 2012

Canon Cameras is one of the premier manufacturers of cameras and lenses and has recently introduced digital motion

picture cameras.  As part of their new camera and lens equipment they have introduced new lenses for use with Canon and

all major film & digital film cameras.   I was hired to write the technical material for the brochure introducing those lenses.

 
Technical Copywriter for Panavision Inc Web Site, November 2010 – January 2011

Panavision Inc. is one of the leading manufacturers of motion picture camera equipment in the world.  I was hired to write the technical descriptions of all Panavision equipment along with other rental equipment for their newly designed web site which launched in March 2011.

 

Freelance Professional Motion Picture Camera Operator & Assistant Cameraman,
1985 - Present

  • Camera operator and first assistant cameraman on over one hundred twenty five 16mm and 35mm productions; productions included industrial and educational films, documentaries, public service announcements, commercials, music videos, television series and feature films.

  • As camera operator worked closely with the director and director of photography to provide the proper composition for each shot. Worked closely with the first assistant cameraman and dolly grip during rehearsals to coordinate any focus or zoom changes and dolly moves required for the shot.

  • As assistant cameraman I coordinated the ordering, preparation and testing of all camera equipment prior to filming.   Responsibilities also included set-up and maintenance of all camera equipment during filming, supervision of the operation of the camera department and additional camera crew members during production and working directly with camera rental companies regarding the ordering of equipment needed for filming.  


EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

Working knowledge of the following:

Film Cameras - 16mm and 35mm film camera systems - Aaton XTR-Prod, Arriflex l6S, Arriflex 16M, Arriflex 16BL, Arriflex 16SR2, Arriflex 16SR3, Arriflex 416, Arriflex Arricam, Arriflex 235, Arriflex 35-3, Arriflex 35BL, Arriflex 535, Cinema Products CP16, Eclair ACL, Eclair NPR, Leonetti Ultracam, Moviecam Compact, Moviecam SuperAmerica, Panavision Panaflex 16, Panavision GII, Panavision Golden, Panavision Platinum, Panavision Panastar, Panavision Panaflex-X.

HD Digital Cameras – Arriflex Alexa, Panasonic HDX-900, Panasonic HPX-2700, Panasonic HVX-200, Sony PMW-EX3.

 

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

 

The Camera Assistant's Manual, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Editions, 1991-Present    

Focal Press, Boston, MA

 
The Camera Assistant's Manual, Korean Edition, 2009
Focal Press
 

The Camera Assistant’s Manual, Japanese Edition, 2004

Focal Press & The Japanese Society of Cinematographers

 

The Camera Assistant's Manual, Spanish Edition, First Edition -1993, Second Edition - 2012

Focal Press & Escuela de Cine y Video

 

Camera Terms and Concepts, 1993
Press, Boston, MA

 
Contributing writer to the Student Filmmaker Magazine, November 2006 and March 2007 Editions
 

Contributing writer to the Professional Cameraman’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, 1993
Focal Press, Boston, MA

 
Training Tomorrows Professional Filmmakers, January-June 2002 Issue Operating Cameraman Magazine, Society of Camera Operators, Toluca Lake, CA.
 

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS

 

IATSE Local 600 – Red One Camera Workshop

Wilmington, NC – February 22, 2009

 

CAPPS – California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

Teacher Training Workshop – May 5, 1995

 

ACCSCT – Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology

Professional Development Accreditation Workshop – February 23-24, 1995

 

Career College Association Management Development Workshop

January 21, 1995

 

CAPPS – California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

Teacher Training Workshop – November 12, 1993

 

CAPPS – California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

Teacher Training Workshop – April 30, 1993

 
Professional references available upon request.
 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

International Cinematographers Guild (I.A.T.S.E. Local 600)

 

Society of Camera Operators (S.O.C.)

 

 
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Last revised - June 2016