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

Custom Prop for a Short Film?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I am working on pre-production for a low-budget short film and we ideally want to get a custom prop gun made.  Wondering if anyone has advice/experience on how to go about this.   I realize it would be easier just to find a pre-made prop but co...

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Debbie Croysdale

I also approached London Theatres that could not supply me with “Fake Prop Gun.”

JD Hartman

Orange County, Cali must have a crap-ton of prop shops in the surrounding areas. A live-action role play group might be a cheaper option for someone to craft and paint a weapon of your description. Pr...

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Timothy Burnham

Oh wow, thank you so much guys. I actually solved the problem in that strange, accidental way that is part of what makes storytelling so great. I wanted to get a gun made and was talking with a few di...

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Ian James Duncan

can you share a link to the site?

Timothy Burnham

Sure, (http://www.historicreplicaguns.com/) all I mean though is that I found a design I was happy with. Still not sure what the process would be for getting the prop crafted. Just to actually hopeful...

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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-performanc......

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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

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.

Debbie Croysdale

Guess what guys? London Film School recently had a days seminar on how to make a film with the latest mobiles. Emotion is not dependant on expensive cameras!

Keith Arrington

Just wanted to say hello to you Debbie, have a good night.

best place to obtain 1st/2nd AD & PA gigs

I am an experienced !st /2nd Ad, And PA looking for the most successful places to get gigs. Mandy has not worked, facebook is oversaturated with billions of the same issue, searching for gigs. I have several references and letters of recommendations. curious where the most successful place to start would be.

David Trotti

So much of this business is just knowing people and timing. Beyond that it's research and reaching out. The resource I find most useful when the phone stops ringing is Production Weekly. They compile...

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Dan MaxXx

Join the DGA 1AD training program. I think it is a 2 year commitment and 0 guarantee of work.

David Trotti

I'm glad you mentioned that program, Dan. By coincidence, I'm a graduate of the DGA-Producers Training program. It does indeed take about two years to go through. 400 working days to be exact. You are...

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Any tips on the best places to search out set dressing work?

Hi All,  I just returned to the U.S. after a stint working and studying in the U.K. I made some great professional connections abroad but I'm struggling back home.  Any tips on the best places to look for set dressing work?  I have professional experience and I'm willing to go anywhere!  Any and all advice would be great.  Thanks!

Wendy Guerrera

Hi , nice to meet you. I would hit Atlanta they have been super busy for years now, New Orleans is picking up but its been slow. We get a lot of T.V. and four shows are already crewed up. so hope that...

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Kate M. Kelly

I'd suggest you join one of the Art Cube groups. They have a lot of Set Dressing and Prop job listings. It's also a great resource to find rentals etc.

Kitty Campbell

Thank you! I will take a look.

Doug Nelson

Wherever there's a lot of filmmaking activity - the advertising industry is in constant need.

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

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.

James Drago

Do you rent Ken Hall ?

Doug Nelson

Best people and best gear or nothing.

Camera Gear

I love love steadicam but preferably a glidecam I need good system that can hook up to the glide cam and the dslr. Amy suggestions ?

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?

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

G.S. Ford

Stage32 is a great free option. Mandy.com is great, but they charge now as well. other options include linkedin and general social media across several platforms linking back to your website. Craigsli...

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Gear for VTP/video assist

What type of gear do you usually include in a VTP package? I know a lot of full time crew have their own portable set up. I'm transferring from doing video assist for live events, which often includes multi-cam switching or adjusting ISO and shading live, to a film/commercial set up with just a sing...

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Anthony Caputo

My kit has a full size tripod, a mono pod, 33000 to 56000 k led video light a portable 3 wheel dolly for my tripod 1 boom mic 1 stick mic

How does one actually get work experience as a film & TV wardrobe crew member?

Hello. Im not actually looking for work, I was just looking for some tips and pointers as to how to get the ball rolling. I have professional live theater experience, but I was disheartened to find that with the experience that i have, it won't translate into helping me get both more work and experi...

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How long does it take to build these amazing sets?

I realize there are huge variables here -- budget, time frame, scope of work, et cetera. And, of course, there is the concept/design phase and the creation/fabrication phase. But still? I look at these incredible sets and watch "behind the scenes" but I never quite understand the time involved. Can someone elaborate? Thanks!

Quinn Katherine Stone

It really depends on the set. We typically have a few weeks working with the director and cinematographer on design and functionality. Most of the time we do most of the work in our shop for a week or...

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Deborah Hancock

A great deal depends on how motivated and hard-working your crew is. Did you see Kick-Ass? Many of the interior scenes, IIRC, were created in sets that were built in something like two weeks. It looked great on film.

Robert Franklin

I would love to watch a set being built!

Roxanne Paukner

If you're fortunate enough to get authentic locations, as we are for this current project, little to no "building" is required, only dressing. We are using several museums, which is super-sweet as thi...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Design+ Budget = Schedule is one way to consider it. Sets can go up in a day or two from prefab kits including custom paint colors, trim, and dressing, or take months to stand, finish, paint and detail ...

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Craziest Job

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

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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Jose Mas Perez

While working on a reality TV makeover show our production vehicles got broken into and the casts purses were stolen from the vehicles while we were filming the big reveal, I was tasked with taking $1...

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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.

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