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?

Kyle Climans

Tough choice. I'd go with the attitudes. They're easier to change, or replace, and no matter what happens, at least the film looks and sounds good. And the people will want the film to be good, regardless of any attitude. It's their rep on the line if the film is bad.

JD Hartman

Easy, I rather have piss poor cast. This is because I would have had a opportunity prior to shoot day and inform the Producer/Director of my observations and if necessary, excuse myself from the project prior to the shoot day.

James Drago

Tough one. Piss poor attitudes can be contagious and could ruin the product altogether.

JD Hartman

Shoddy equipment, at least in the Electrics department can kill. We had a load of unsafe gear from TCI on I feature I worked on several Winter back.

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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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.

Thomas Higgins

Sorry, late is a problem whether habitual or not. Late with coffee in hand is even worse.

Harlan Groom

Higher me and I'll be there 30 early drinking my coffee energy drink getting ready to out work anyone. I can build almost anything, fix mechanical stuff, ran many businesses, I get it from a get er do...

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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.

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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Craziest Job

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

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.

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

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!

Employment in Georgia

I posted this in Anything Goes, so now I'm posting it here: I'm trying to find a way to get work and move to Georgia to be part of the film/television industry there. I'm looking up all kinds of websites related to that. If you look at my bio, you'll see that I am unemployed on severance. I'd apprec...

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Eva Radke Pitalo

You can join ArtCube Savannah and Atlanta for free. They post jobs in real-time.

Joseph L. Stewart

I went to ArtCube.us, I hope I found the right one Eva. Just putting in ArtCube.com gave me a long list of sites with similar names. This one seems to be along the lines of what you're suggesting.) I don't see the Savannah option though, only Atlanta.

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?

Eva Radke Pitalo

ArtCube.nyc is $5/month for NYC and free everywhere else.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

To all: We do have a jobs posting here at Stage 32 and it's FREE. Just a suggestion so why not keep it 'ALL IN THE FAMILY(Forgive the pun) Sorry Archie. Stifle Edith. (LOL)?

Elisabeth Meier

Steven - because most of the jobs here are just the same as on the more known job websites for screenwriters and filmmakers. Additionally most screenwriting jobs here are not paid and they search for...

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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. :)

I'm a makeup artist searching for an LA based crew

I'm located in greater LA and I want to create content. I went to art school so have a general idea of how film and audio equipment, editing, post production, etc works. I have two YouTube channels that are eligible for monetization and no this won't be your typical beauty blogger/guru video. I want...

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How to get started as a PA

Just starting out in the industry and I am looking for advice on how to get office PA, Producer PA or Writer's Assistant jobs. I know you start off in the office and move up to the other two after gaining enough experience. But how did you get your start?

Patrick Freeman

I answered a post on Craigslist. Called the guy, went down the next day and started working that day.

Blake Barnett

Should also add your info to as many crew directories/resources as you can find such as geargator.net, productionhub.com, media-match.com, etc.

Dan MaxXx

first thing you gotta do is move to a city where there is steady employment. As for experience, volunteer on a student film or Internship

Eva Radke Pitalo

Join ArtCube in the city where you work. Real-time job offerings. They post long term and last minute gigs.

Costume Designing

Hello Everyone,I am a fashion designer/seamstress based in Atlanta,Ga and I am looking to get more into wardrobe and costume designing for film, and TV projects. Does anyone have any advice on where to start? Anyone looking to bring on any newbies with your projects? I look forward to hearing from you all soon !

James Drago

Intern for someone established already. Do the grunt work in exchange for the experience, education and contacts.

Dan MaxXx

supposedly there are lots of productions in ATL. Just hang out on a location set, talk to Crew person and hustle your way for a referral or job.

Eva Radke Pitalo

Join the Atlanta arm of ArtCube.nyc

Adrena Martin-Tolbert

Thank you. I will definitely check that out today !

Need Rates for Location Film / Camera Crew Package (DP and all supporting crew)

Preparing a budget for an indie feature film to be shot in east California / west Nevada. Approximately a three week shoot- day and night scenes. Please reach out for details. Thank you!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Legrand. If posting for crew needs, this would be better placed on the Jobs board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or searches for creative partners,...

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Legrand McMullen

Thank you Beth. I shall move it there. My apologies.

Who to contact - for on set crew (ing)

Hi dear All! I would like to get in touch with someone (company, on set crew organization/organizators, association, chamber etc...) who can give some info how can I register there - even in some EU association if such a thing exists, as a freelance MUA and SFX artist to participate on sets, as crew...

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