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  Focus Puller
The focus puller is part of a larger camera team which includes the camera operator, other assistants, dolly grip, etc. The team is led by the cinematographer.
The focus puller sits to the side of the camera lens and adjusts the focus either by rotating the focus ring or (more commonly) using a follow focus device.
Focus pullers may also be given additional responsibilities such as keeping the lens clean and changing filters.
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  Follow focus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is usually operated by a focus puller (often called the 1st assistant camera, or 1AC) but some camera operators prefer to pull their own focus (the act of changing focus is called "pulling" or "racking" focus).
The job of the focus puller then is to adjust the focus onto different subjects as well as change, or (follow) focus during movement of the camera onto the required subject, hence the term.
A focus puller often uses a tape to correctly measure the distance from the lens to the subject, allowing for accurate marking of the disk.
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 Focus puller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In cinematography, a focus puller or first assistant camera (1 AC) is the member of a film crew responsible for keeping the camera's focus right during a shoot.
Often this requires pulling the focus with a follow focus device during the take without looking through the camera (the camera operator is doing that), to compensate for camera or subject movement.
To accurately focus on the subject, it's common to measure the distance (usually with a tape measure or, more recently, with electronic tape measures using lasers) between the camera and the subject being focused before the take.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Focus_puller   (259 words)

 Video University: Video University Forums: Wedding & Event Videography: Manual Focus - whilst moving   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In the movies, changing or maintaining focus is the job of the "focus puller", a person specifically assigned to that task.
In addition, the focus ring on most prosumer camcorders drives the lens through the same servomotor that performs autofocusing, so there is no absolute relationship between the position of the focus ring and the setting of the lens.
With moving focus, you change the focus as your point of interest moves closer or farther away to keep it in focus.
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 The rack focus from Accurack   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Using gaffer tape the measurements are marked on the lens therefore allowing the focus puller to know exactly where the focus should be at a given time.
That is quite a task sometimes so you need to hold the focus ring with one hand and with the other move the thumbscrews which eliminates the possibility of operating the camera simultaneously while hand held.
Pull focus is a nice technique to add some movement into your shots but as with all, one has to be careful not to overuse this technique.
www.tvcameramen.com /equipment/accurack.htm   (989 words)

 Behind the Scenes
This person is responsible for the maintenance and care of the camera and may also perform the duties of a focus puller.
Focus puller - is the person who manually adjusts the focus of the camera during filming to make sure the subjects are always in focus during each shot.
Forty years ago, focus pullers wouldn't have to worry about that because the fastest lenses out there were 5/6's and 8's (re: the F-stop).
www.cityofangel.com /behindTheScenes/bts4/adamWard.html   (1266 words)

 Imdb Glossary letter: F   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A single focus group is usually composed of a selection of people within the boundaries of a movie's intended audience.
The group is extensively questioned by the filmmakers following the screening, and their opinions are incorporated into any further editing that may occur before the premiere.
A member of the camera crew who adjusts the focus of the camera during filming.
www.imdb.com /Glossary/F   (1235 words)

 Focus puller -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Often this requires pulling the (The concentration of attention or energy on something) focus with a (Click link for more info and facts about follow focus) follow focus device during the (The act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption) take, to compensate for camera or subject movement.
To accurately focus on the subject, it's common to measure the distance (usually with a (Measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths) tape measure) between the camera and the subject being focused before the take.
Profesional 1st AC's have many tricks for pulling focus in difficult situations, such as when accurate measurement is impossible.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fo/focus_puller.htm   (189 words)

 FOCUS PULLER: Film Freak Central Interviews Writer-Director Paul Schrader
Another in a line of Schrader-helmed biopics (Mishima, Patty Hearst), Auto Focus follows the rise and mysterious murder of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane, locating the TV actor as a man discovering his masculinity in an ascetic, downbeat way reminiscent of the work of Schrader's hero, director Robert Bresson.
It's a script by Caleb Carr that I've rewritten and I figured that if I can trace something of interest to me and exploit the inherent interest that comes with the franchise, then maybe we'll have something that works as both a personal film and a widely appealing one.
Auto Focus is still playing in select cities across North America.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /notes/pschraderinterview.htm   (1350 words)

 Camcorderinfo.com Message Board - Cine focus gear for AG-DVx100...
This camera has a serious drawback in its focus ring design, and this is something it shares with virtually all palm-sized DV cameras.
Without distance indexing, it is impossible for a focus puller to accurately do his job.
Hard stops are essential to the function of the follow focus and are what the DVX is missing on its own.
www.camcorderinfo.com /bbs/printthread.php?t=43691   (318 words)

 Ever After   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Rack Focus: The focus puller, an assistant of the cinematographer who is in charge of making sure shots are all in focus, changes the focal distance partway through a shot thus making things which were out of focus in the background come into sharp focus, or vice-versa.
Thus, the background behind Danielle goes from in focus to out of focus, or blurry, and in doing so makes it seem like she is moving forward in the shot.
Rack focus almost always adds a sense of kineticism or heightened suspense to a shot, and for this reason it is almost always overused by hack directors.
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 SoundStage! Network Home Theater & Sound -- Film Fanatic
In this case a focus puller under the director’s command, simply pulls focus so the object or character (Mark Petrie) that was in focus, goes out of focus, and what wasn’t in focus (the vampires) becomes the focal point of the framed image.
When both hands are in focus, but do not share the same physical plane, the distance that separates them is referred to as depth of field, or depth of focus.
Without the ability to show each of his reflections in sharp focus we lose the sense of depth, and therefore the feeling of loneliness that is internalized in Kane.
www.hometheatersound.com /features/filmfanatic/ff_20021215.htm   (812 words)

 icSurreyOnline - Focus on a lifetime behind a lens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A film crew in the 1960s to 1970s usually consisted of five members: the director of photography, the camera operator, the first camera assistant (or focus puller), the second camera assistant (or clapper loader) and the key grip (also known as best boy), who was in charge of moving the camera equipment on set.
As chief focus puller, Bob had to oversee up to 60 boxes of camera gear, including lenses and camera bodies, and was in charge of their inventory and customs transfer when shipped overseas.
Further discussions involved the grips, focus pullers and, of course, the performers themselves.
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 Canon XL1 - Tips and Tricks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Focus Puller normally marks the various positions of the actor/s on the lens barrel, and pulls between these points as the actor/s move within the shot.
The skill of the Focus Puller is to do with anticipation, timing and speed of the adjustments themselves (takes a lot of practice to do it very well).
In drama, you cannot use the automatic mode in the greater majority of situations, because the automatic focusing system may focus on the wrong subject, and hunting for focus is usually unacceptable in drama.
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 Blogger: Email Post to a Friend   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
However, it seems that the focus ring is perpetual.
Why you'd only want a mechanical zoom ring and a perpetual focus ring is beyond me - especially considering how critical focus is in HD, you thought you'd might wanna, I dunno, use a frickin' tape measure to check focus.
Nothing beats having a real focus puller, cause they follow the pace of the actors and the scene, but on low budget projects where having a focus puller is an anathema it will be very handy.
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 Auto Focus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It joins a number of films he has written or directed in which some mutant gene, some strange quirk in the emotional fabric, condemns a man to obsessive behavior he can neither fix nor abandon.
This time it's the story of actor and radio personality Bob Crane, whose hidden gene caused him to become addicted to sex and pornography, leading him into a murky world that ended with his murder in 1978.
Despite all of Schrader's films delving into this theme, the director's focus on this troubled character remains peculiarly fuzzy.
www.hollywoodreporter.com /hollywoodreporter/reviews/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1674070   (679 words)

 LLOYDIAN FILM AND VIDEO: Anecdotes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Glad to be asked, but careful not to deceive, I told him that I was not the world's most experienced film focus puller, but that I had done some and was willing to give it a bash.
The other focus puller, crewing the main camera, clearly didn't like me. I formed the impression that he had taken against the idea of me before I had even arrived.
To prove to me that I was useless, the other focus puller started telling me other things too, to put me in my place.
www.staff.ncl.ac.uk /nikolas.lloyd/filmivan.html   (1528 words)

 1st Assistant Camera in UK - England and Wales, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff - mandy.com ...
London based freelance focus puller (1st AC)/camera operator.
Clapperloader and Focus Puller experienced with 35, S16mm, HD and Digibeta.
Focus Puller / Camera Operator / DV Pro basic production kit owner / specialised knowledge of large format film / live near London *Lost Kingdom (8/70mm - 2nd Unit DoP) (FF); *Style (Orbital Promo - 35mm - Cam Op) (MU); *Bob's Weekend (35mm - 1st A/C) (FF); Orgs: SIPTU.
www.mandy.com /4/focsukew.cfm   (1301 words)

 Simon Vickery, Focus Puller - Skillset   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
''I am a Focus Puller, which is the first camera assistant.
My responsibilities are firstly (and obviously) to keep the camera in focus during filming.
Beyond that I am totally responsible for the running and maintaining of the camera, working directly under the camera operator or DoP if an operator is not involved.
www.skillset.org /careers/people/article_4031_1.asp   (656 words)

 Rusty Innards : Backer Log
Focus puller (actually f/stop puller) is the only experience I ever had with a motion picture camera.
I truly began to appreciate some of the magic that people associate with film- the visceral, mechanical, physical sensaions...
I'm not about to abandon my pro-digital stance, nor my plans to make complete HD production the Mcguffin for my thesis, but I do have a greater appreciation for where some part of the magic of cinema comes from.
www.evilcyborg.com /kris?ID=947   (482 words)

 operating_HD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
If focus pulling is required a focus puller is needed.
Until significant advances are made to the viewfinder it is not possible for a camera operator to reliably pull focus by using a traditional video cameraman's technique.
But if the project is to be transferred to film a focus puller should be employed along with a 14 or 20 inch HD monitor.
www.hd24.com /operating_hd.htm   (1106 words)

 Java Pro – The Focus Puller   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
If you compulsively read the credit crawl at the end of a movie, you will find a credit for "Focus puller," just above "Gaffer" and "Best Boy." The actor who "pulls focus" is the one who distracts the audience from the part of the scene they are meant to be watching.
But it led me down the path of understanding the Java 1.4 Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) focus subsystem, and I suppose that was worth learning, too.
The way we display these messages using a Chain of Responsibility pattern is to create a series of linked help classes, each of which handles a specific button or forwards the request to the next one in the chain until one of them handles the help message.
www.fawcette.com /javapro/2002_12/magazine/columns/javatecture   (321 words)

 MovieMaker Magazine | Issue #35 | Ask Mr. Hollywood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Then comes the 1stAC (aka: assistant cameraman or focus puller) and the person on the bot­tom rung is the second AC (aka: second assistant cameraman, or clapper/loader).
When a kid graduates from a four-year, theory-laden film school, the first thing he does is get a business card that announces he's a DP Big whoop.
After this person "pulls focus" for a cou­ple of years, she then goes behind the cam­era and actually looks through the eye piece.
www.moviemaker.com /issues/35/mrhollywood.html   (1782 words)

 Katherine Gamble - Interview
Last minute changes have been going on all the way through the film, but yesterday for example they pulled in a third camera, which means that you have to find another camera operator and focus puller.
Yes, which is not a problem because one of our clapper loaders is able to do focus pulling, and then we just bring in another clapper loader.
Or when it is just two cameras and we have an experienced clapper loader, Bill Pope will operate one camera and the other operator will operate the other one, the same clapper loader can work with both.
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 BOMB Magazine: Laura Linney by Romulus Linney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
And then there's the focus puller, who literally focuses the camera while not looking through the lens.
LL That's why there are marks on the floor and people coming up with tape measures that they put in front of your face.
LL And focus pullers are sort of Zen masters.
www.bombsite.com /linney/linney5.html   (593 words)

 Miscellaneous   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Actually a good focus puller is incredibly accurate at judging distance, based on years of practice and a lot of measuring with a tape.
In TV, the person operating the camera does adjust the focus which I think is pretty amazing considering the viewfinders are electronic and not very “sharp”.
For TV it has to be much more “out” to notice that it is “soft” which is why the operator can do the job ie there is more room for error.
www.cineman.co.uk /misc.html   (1334 words)

 CrewPix :: Commercials
The only lens that takes 3 guys to lift and a pickup truck to move around.
Focus Puller Dino Laurenza contemplates shooting a speeding car at 420mm wide open.
Focus Puller Dino Laurenza checks out the Clairmont 140-420 T2.7 Zoom.
www.crewpix.com /gallery/Commercials?page=45   (152 words)

 Shooting People : Filmmakers profile - Michael Sanders   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
But to be honest I don't need to, the camera assistants do it for me. The assistants know which bit to clean and with what, what fits into what and how the various bits work.
Then at the same time you learn about lenses, what shots are what and how to focus pull.
But as ever, the most important things to know are: Turn up on time, be nice and polite and ask "Does anyone want a coffee".
shootingpeople.org /home/viewcard.php?act=act&card=9912&message=134584   (266 words)

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