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

Would You Rather--an informal poll

Would you rather deal with shoddy underperforming equipment or piss-poor attitudes? What can turn an OK day into a "is it Wine-thirty" faster?

D Marcus

These "would you rather" are supposed to be difficult. It's nearly impossible to adjust attitudes - most people don't change easily. So I would rather work with a team of "can-do" people with good att...

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Robert Franklin

Should not have to deal with either, I think!

D Marcus

Robert, you are missing the fun of a "would-you-rather" question.

Royce Allen Dudley

Good attitudes and energy work around limitations and obstacles. Film making is not about gear, but the collaboration between those behind and in front of the lens. Self answering question.
That said, shoddy kit makes me grumpy.

Ken Hall

I never use anything but the best gear. If you look at it. You got one chance to expose this footage correctly and on schedule with decent sound. If it’s cheap gear it adds time. Adds headaches in post production and so on.

Weird things found on location.

What are some of the weirdest things you have seen on set, not placed by production. I once found several prosthetic legs hanging in the rafters of a bar.

James Drago

Fake teeth behind a bar in a jar.

Does anyone have a good story from their first time on set?

I'm interested to hear about your first day. Mistakes you made, moments you got starstruck...

Tom Coleman

I had prepared my whole life for being on set. I was perfect. Quiet. Seemless. Never in a rush. They started calling me "Mr. Wizard" because I kept pulling useful things out of my bag. A good example...

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Dov S-S Simens

It was a No-Budget Feature, that I line-Produced at a Hotel at LAX with no-permits and the captain of the Fire Department had lunch there everyday and asked and asked "Where's da permit"... Eventually, I palmed him 50 bucks and he went back to desert... Happy Filmmaking.

Tyler Patti Stanley

I wrote the script but ended up gaffer and anything else on set. I'm great with cords and duct tape. I also pitched in on lighting. On one set I ran off two bulls pushing in on the wrong cue. You need...

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Edward David Ladner

Years ago was extra no "Miracle on Ice," for one day shot at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. At one point a group of us were walking up a road on their campus. I was in middle of...

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Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

As an eager future filmmaker and at the age of around fifteen, I shouted 'That's a wrap!' after the first shot had been made. Everyone laughed (in a good way, luckily). Oh well... Lesson learned... ;)

Film & TV Pro yay or nay?

Hi All,
I've been using Film & TV Pro USA for some time now and they are now charging to view job ads on their site. It rounds out to be $120/year. I'm not sure if it is worth it but I also don't know where else to look for jobs. Do you have experience using this site? Is it worth the cost?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Elisabeth Meier -Thank your for sharing your insights.

Joseph L. Stewart

Has anyone ever used "Casting 360"? If so, could I get some rating feedback, and any other info? Thanks. :)

Robert Franklin

Always best to test the waters and find the right deal for you!

Elisabeth Meier

I tried StagePool. Not worth the money.

Carl Welden

Film & TV Pro is now switched back to the Mandy banner apparently. I've never gotten work through either, but I have gotten a gig through Stage32

Makeup Artists – Always the last to know…?

As a freelancer, I’m often browsing the forums looking for work on various films. More often then not, I see things similar to “Makeup artist wanted for 5 day shoot starting tomorrow at 9am.” No info on what they want, where it is, what the genre is, nothing. And yet they expect us to drop everythi...

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Royce Allen Dudley

A lot of those positions go unfilled beyond call time. It's amateur hour across the mass of much production today. If the producers care or are forced, they pony up the money. And a pro doesn't really...

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Martina Camatta

As an aspiring director this discussion is very interesting. On the shorts I made I was in charge of all and although it was hard work, I have always been of the opinion that anyone involved on filmin...

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Heather Grogan

Amateur hour's a good word for it, Royce. I'm surprised DP's aren't always shown at least the script or a storyboard beforehand, or at least on the day. (sorry for naming DP's, was just an example, tu...

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Martina Camatta

Good luck for your next project! :)

D Marcus

You have discovered that people with little to no experience make movies. I have experienced this last minute crap my entire career. I don't see it as disrespectful; I see it as inexperience.

Advice for on the set.
12 Essential Set Etiquette Tips
12 Essential Set Etiquette Tips
A good film set is like a well-oiled machine. All of the parts must work together for everything to go properly. Set procedure and etiquette are very important components in keeping the train moving.…
JD Hartman

Do you agree or disagree with what is posted in the above links? What's been your experience on set? What faux pas have you observed other doing?

Filming on a budget

Been sitting on my upgrade for awhile waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to come out. It has 4k cenimatic capabilities which is now industry standard. Can't wait!https://beastgrip.com/blogs/news/the-samsung-galaxy-s8-camera-performance-with-beastgrip-gear

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, all of you in the #BeastgripNation have been incredibly excited to see some sample footage and get our thoughts on its performance. TL;DR: the Galaxy…
Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

HitFilm Express is free for editing, very robust, not great with fixing audio (Hitfilm.com); I'm a Premiere Pro user.

Rome Mubarak

Ok, Lindbergh, pretty amazing videos on filmic site. Are you using a Beastgrip.com pro rig as well?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Nope. I'm using the iOgrapher case, and picked up a wide angle lens, a telephoto lens and anamorphic lens; then added a Rode mic (perfect for up to 8ft). This is my go to rig for grabbing something qu...

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Rome Mubarak

Pretty cool stuff you got going on there. I'm pretty pumped about getting this new toy. Will definitely be using the filmic and the hitfilm for editing. Does it allow you to add music to it as well?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Yes! I'll be doing some test shoots in the coming day with my iPhone and Filmic Pro as I'm still getting the hang of it.

Craziest Job

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

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.

Gina Roland

Years ago on a horror film I did SFX for, I had to make it look like a guy was gouging his own brains out. I had to (and it only lasted about three takes) wrangle real pig brains. Good times. XD

Robert Franklin

None as yet. But loved reading you guys.

Royce Allen Dudley

I was body double for a beautiful young Iranian actress. The gag was that her character is getting her back waxed. I stepped out of my role as cinematographer and offered up my back as the insert-shot stunt double. One take. DAMN it hurt.

Roxanne Paukner

Rainy day, our football players didn't show because of the forecast(!). So I went to the YMCA and even nearby high school graduation parties to recruit extras for a locker room scene. We did manage to...

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Advice for being on the set.
10 Keys to Your Success on a Film Set
10 Keys to Your Success on a Film Set
Every day people on film sets fail to follow these 10 keys to success. And it's costing them jobs. So pay close attention and you'll take one big step towards helping yourself get more work and be better at it.
Matthew Waggoner

This is great information to have here. Thanks a bunch Robert!

Robert Franklin

Hey Matt, you got it!

Tardiness

How do you handle tardy crew members? Do you set the expectation for punctuality ahead of time? Speak to them in private at the end of a shoot day? Thanks.

JD Hartman

@Harlan Groom "Higher me and I'll be there 30 early drinking my coffee energy drink getting ready to out work anyone." Nobody on the crew likes a showoff, it's not about you, film making is a team eff...

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Harlan Groom

Not trying to offend and my attitude far from a show off, but except your critique and will adjust accordingly. Thanks for the reply and I hope to show you some day the kind of character I have. I guess my enthusiasm got the best of me and I thank you for your recommendations. God Bless You

Dan Murphy

I lay them off and not hire them again.

Robert Franklin

Inform early on......and speak in private. Treat as human beings!

Royce Allen Dudley

The first rule of film and television is BE ON TIME, and the industry saying is "if you are early, you are on time, if you are on time you are late, and if you are late, you are fired." If crew do not...

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Realistic Bald Cap Spfx Makeup Appliance

I need a female character with long hair to be bald for a rather long scene. I can't have her shave her head. I've seen demonstrations/tutorials on YouTube of pretty good bald cap applications, but none of them look truly realistic. Can this makeup effect be pulled off? I don't want to compromise lighting or camera angles. Thanks!

Sara Hunter

Hi Danny! Bald caps can be very difficult but when done correctly it is very do-able. The most important part is the paint job and making sure it's done in layers. A good makeup artist knows about col...

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Gina Roland

Bravo, Danny & Sara! Bald caps have been a huge intimidation for me - haven't even attempted one!. Best of luck!

Robert Franklin

Hair grows back fast! Someone should just do it!

Makeup Brush Care Tips & Chat

Everyone has to clean their brushes on set at some point. Back in makeup school, I learned that IN BETWEEN gigs is when the actual 'care' for the brushes happens. I use about a dime-size drop of baby shampoo in my hand, add a decent amount of water, then swirl the brush in circles with the soapy coc...

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