A data wrangler is someone on a film crew that is solely responsible for safely copying data from recorded media from the camera and sound recordings of the film to a computer for editing. This data is usually copied with redundancy. A data wrangler might also catalog the copied media or begin an assembly edit.
- The roll of the data wrangler…is to essentially take video off of the media…from the camera and safely save it to a computer.…On productions with bigger budgets…this job might be handled by a DIT…or Data Imaging Technician.…DITs can do initial color grades,…calibrate on set monitors,…render proxy files,…or do any one of a number of things to…catalog and prepare the footage for the edit.…But in our case,…we needed someone who was extremely responsible…to offload the footage.…Because I only own two media cards for my camera.…Now, I should probably buy more,…but they're like 1200 bucks a piece, so don't judge me.…
But that means that we had to keep going…back and forth between those two cards.…So we needed someone on set to back up the footage…safely to the computer so we could erase the card…and then use it again, knowing that our data was safe.…So, I hired Robyn Scaringi,…wife of Marco Scaringi, who I met on the set…Bry Troyer's film, I Love You Puppet Man.…She did the data wrangling for that film too…and I was super impressed with how thorough…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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