(written from a Production point of view)
Elkins was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA and attended the film school at the Columbia College in Hollywood from which he graduated in 1985. Following over twenty years of experience as assistant camera operator he also taught cinematography and camera assistant workshops throughout the United States. Between 1994 and 1995 he served as president of Columbia College where he also taught between 1988 and 1996. Elkins wrote the book "The Camera Assistant's Manual", published by Focal Press., released in its fifth edition and also released in Korean, Spanish, and Japanese versions. 
Shortly after his graduation in 1985, Elkins worked as production assistant on the television drama The Execution, with Alan Oppenheimer, Peter White, Robert Hooks, and written and produced by Oliver Crawford. He soon started to work as assistant camera operator on the science fiction comedy Prison Ship (1986), the television series Sledge Hammer (1986-1988), the action film Commando Squad (1987, with Brian Thompson), the action film Outlaw Force (1988), the horror film The Unholy (1988), the television series Tales from the Darkside (1986-1988), the horror film Phantom of the Opera (1989), the science fiction comedy Spaced Invaders (1990), and the television series The Wonder Years (1989-1990, with Olivia d'Abo).
Further work as camera operator includes the television series Gabriel's Fire (1990-1991), the Playboy production Confessions and Fantasies (1992), the thriller Prey of the Chameleon (1992), the television series Dark Justice (1991-1993), the fantasy horror The Prophecy (1995), the television science fiction film Target Earth (1998), the short musical Surrendering in a Champion's World (2003), the short drama Down to the Wire (2009), and music videos for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cypress Hill, and Beastie Boys.