On Set Crew

Whether you’re a gaffer, cameraman, set designer, boom operator, key grip or work in any other on set profession, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on your chosen craft or the business in general

Sara Clevenger
Help with choosing equipment

Disclaimer: I really hope I'm posting this in the right place! So sorry if I'm not! :( I'm working for a very successful sales speaker as his dedicated 1-woman camera crew. My first gig is coming up on the 27th and he told me to put together up a list of equipment and get it back to him asap. I thin...

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David Trotti

I'd suggest something like a Shure SLX14/93 for the Wireless Lavalier set up. It runs around $599. You could probably also use a BLX model. It's less expensive and still reliable. For a good Prosumer...

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Sara Clevenger

Thank you so much David Trotti! That is tremendously helpful!

Cherelynn Baker
Set Wish List

Getting ready for a 2 day sizzle reel shoot in Arizona and curious what are the crew top wish list on set to help make their job enjoyable and doable in a long day? How do I help you to get the best performance from you? Thanks in advance for any insight you havje!

Sian Katie Leigh

Coffee van!

Philip Sedgwick

If exterior, ensure a place to rest, mingle in the shade. Going to be 80°+ this week!

Cherelynn Baker

Great suggestions! Thank you. I agree on the food has got to be great! Oy ...Arizona is getting hot already!

Vanar Jaddou

Embrace the moment and shoot for greatness, think about your legacy. Would want my coach (director) to put me in that zone.

Justin Miller

As someone who has worked as "crew" since the age of 14, confidence and clarity. When I understand the Director has a clear vision and I know, big picture, what I can do to assist, I work much better....

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Jon McCary
Production Assistant resume?

What's a production assistant resume look like? I know the work is lowest on the totem pole in many people's eyes. But I'm curious anyways. Is it literally just a list of different films you've worked on?

Julius Jean-Baptiste

To me, I have no clue. Never been a PA before, but It's like a regular resume.

JD Hartman

Don't really know, never been a PA. What did you do on each film/short/etc? I'd think potential employers would want to know.

David Trotti

I like to see a simple resume. Name and contact info at the top. List of films/shows worked on, with Year or Dates to/from, PA position (Key Set PA, Basecamp, Handled Background), the names of the UPM...

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Patrick Freeman

It should be a list of projects worked in chronological order, most recent at the top. Project name - date released - job description - production co./director/studioUnder job description it would jus...

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Justin Miller

I've always done something similar to what David and Patrick have suggested, essentially mine looks something like a lined receipt, projects bolded with Position, Director, and Production Company, lis...

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James Drago

This is fantastic. Love behind the scenes looks such as this. Awesome share, Bradley.

Einny Kim

Thank you for sharing. :)

Marc Lee
Craziest Job

what is the craziest job or most unusual job you have had to perform on a set?

Amber Greenlee

"Spritzer." A swimsuit shoot on a Malibu Beach, sunset on a Tuesday. It was my job to spritz water droplets on the models and brush sand off of their skin.

Kay Cunningham

"Wind Maker" A feature film shoot I was on last month the DP ask me if I have any idea how I could make wind from a tree as it was so humid filming in CT, I just started fanning the low limbs and I was actually caught on Camera :)

Amber Greenlee

@Kay. A 100lb clear braided fishing line wrapped over a lower branch or two would have done the trick too. Just make sure you use work gloves on the line so you don't cut your hands.

Kay Cunningham

@amber The DP wanted to pick up a bell sound that hang on the tree so you had to figure out the right speed and I used a small bounce reflector , the 1001b fishing line would make it a storm lol

Amber Greenlee

@Kay. No problem. We don't want to cause a typhoon. There are multiple paths up the mountain of success but if you ever DO need to make a huge wind, they even make "matte clear," line now that is damn near invisible to the eye, much less a camera lens.

Kay Cunningham
Love it or Hate it

Name 3 things or moments you hated/ loved on your last filming experience? Hated : * When it rained and we had to stop filming * When our Crew van key got locked up in one of the RVs and the producer left and his mobile phone ran out of battery. * Flies Loved: * The Cast House I stayed in and waking...

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Hayward Crawford
Location Scout Checklist

Just curious Stage 32 community, what would your ultimate location scout checklist consist of? For a new production, I'm making a list and check it twice. Love to hear your thoughts?

Hayward Crawford

Thanks Dan & JD lol, I'll get on this right away.

Bradley Scott

lol Dan MaxXx

Darren R Wiczek

A big part of location depends on a few variables. 1 Proximity to either the crew or the talent. Are you driving to them, they driving to you, or a mutual location. 2 Depending on the answer to number...

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Isaac Amar

Hi, My name is Isaac Amar and I’m working at Seret Studios. If you are not already familiar with our locations, we have locations in Greenpoint, Dumbo, Long Island City, Bronx, and Williamsburg. Pleas...

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Darren R Wiczek

That would be cool....except I live in Wisconsin. Beautiful Lake Redstone, Devils Lake...oh and plenty of corn. Same offer if you guys come my direction...always glad to help. Amigadman@gmail.com

Deb Kemp
Audio Help/Advice, Particularly for Outdoor Shoots

Hi everyone! I'm new to the site, and kind of to filming, too, so sorry for this very basic question! I was just wondering if anyone could help me with a movie I made a while back- especially with some audio advice. We don't have a film program at school, so we've been relying on books for training....

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JD Hartman

Totally separate, but you just threw you money away, entering a 48hr film challenge with little or no experience, little money and no experienced crew. A contest is not the place to learn.

Samantha Mauney Aiken

I wholeheartedly disagree, @JD! Contests are great places to learn, and especially to NETWORK. I AD'd my first narrative in a contest like this. And no matter how green you are you will always feel ov...

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JD Hartman

@SMA Fine we agree to disagree. You can make something as part of a local film club, consortium, Meetup group. You can still learn by doing and learn from others instead of learning from your own cost...

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Ken Hall

Hate to break it to you but this is a problem for ALL production. No matter how big the budget. I've been in audio for 24 years and I would estimate roughly 40% of all dialogue is replaced in film. Lo...

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JD Hartman

@Ken Hall Maybe you can share some these words of wisdom in a thread on Post Production. I think somebody there is suffering from "Jack of All Trades, Master of None" syndrome.

Brandi Thomas
Why Costume Design?

Just out of curiosity, what inspired all of you to become costume designers?.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

LOR - I can understand that being inspiring. What do you guys think of the costuming in MAD MEN?

Brandi Thomas

Julie - I want everything Joan owns.

Brandi Thomas

Charlyvia - do you have a favorite costume in particular?

Brandi Thomas

Oh I love Atonement! One of my favorite movies - then again, I love everything Kiera Knightley does. :)

Lorena Mcneill

Hello Brandi Thomas! Happy New Year 2017!

Andrew J. Barron
ATTN: Set Designers. Which do you prefer/do most: actual sets or on locations designs?

I been a filmmaker/designer for over 6 years. I do mostly on location design, which i'd call more like interior designer rather then set design. I would say i've done a few set designs on actual sets, but i don't recommend it if the company does not have a budget to make it not stand out as a set. A...

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Roxanne Paukner

Location.

Michele Seidman
Sound on Set, and Hushing People

Ok, maybe it is a little bit age, and maybe it is just the frustration of getting the emotional scene perfect, only to have it ruined by a crew member answering their phone, while cameras & sound were rolling! Seriously, what is going wrong on set these days? It is not just a me thing either. Friend...

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Michele Seidman

To true, JD. ha ha ha Christopher, I had forgotten that story! Not sure that is exactly how I heard it and hoping your version is the real one! Too rich!

Sandrene Mathews

While I love that so many people are able to make content and share it, there are a bunch of "professionals" who have come up the ranks by just making films with their buddies. And even on professiona...

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Michele Seidman

Sandrene...oh I would love working with you! :)

James Clark

its the nature of the job now. I deal with it as well. I ban mobiles in the make up room. The basic idea that you are there do provide a service is not getting through. On set it becomes a distraction and shows a lack of respect for the talent.

Michele Seidman

James, my sister is an on set Hair and MU person, and I think I am going to tell her you banned phones in the MU space! Other than the actors who might need to reply to an agent or manager, while they are not shooting. Many can step away from set while cameras roll...but not the actor!

Chris Le Roy
How to Make skin using a Gelatine Based prosthetic?

This is test footage and a blood scene for an upcoming Horror short film I am producing called 'The Noise'. I was wondering if any of the makeup artists in this group could help me. We are trying to produce, latex free skin. I was wondering if anyone had a homemade gelatin skin recipe we could use t...

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Sian Katie Leigh

Hey I'm a make-up artist but I don't specialise in Prosthetics and Special Effects unfortunately. I can only suggest places like Youtube where people may have shared their homemade recipes. Gelatine i...

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Chris Le Roy

Nicholas, and sian, thanks for the feedback. We got the gelatin to work and it looks great.... we seem to have a lot more control over our ability to produce the prosthetics with the formula we have come up with and less likely to kill one of our actresses with latex... great feedback'

Dan Murphy

See what Friends Beauty Supply might have. Google them.

Andrew J. Barron

thanks Nicholas for sharing