Excerpts from Arriflex 16SR3: The Book
16 SR1 and 2 cameras have been modified to Super16 with 172.8 shutters, and PL mounts.
from Introduction to Arriflex 16 SR3 Book
Conditions were not friendly to people or cameras: sand, salt water, wind, heat, bugs. We had dug a large hole in the beach to get a low angle. Water was filling the hole faster than we could bail.
As the water reached high-tide level and tempers achieved similar heights--especially mine--using my equipment, against all better judgment never to bring ones own new package on tropical beach jobs--it was at that moment when Scott Rathner, our excellent camera assistant, wondered how the worlds worst assistant would cope in such a dreadful situation.
"Id like to change my airplane reservation right now to an aisle seat," he called out to the already-harassed AD.
"And while youre at it," Scott added, "can you change my hotel room so I can have a king-size bed?"
Since then, the exploits of the Worlds Worst Assistant have become legendary.
Many of the tales have been true, unfortunately. We never cease to be amazed at what really goes on out there. The assistant who tried to loosen a stuck lens with a huge hammer. The production assistant who left the camera truck parked unattended in the worlds worst neighborhood to make a phone call, and was surprised when the entire package had been stolen by the time he returned. The assistant who put film in the gate--emulsion side in.
Youve probably worked with Arriflex Cameras for the last twenty years.
No doubt, youve already used the latest generation cameras.
But, since every reader of the Arriflex books will have a different level of expertise,
Jon Fauer's books assume the worst, and are written for The Worlds Worst Assistant
-- as well as the best Assistants, Cinematographers, Producers, Rental House Personnel and