The mood on a film set should be professional, but also light, playful, and creative. Key film crew members can keep the mood of the movie set positive by setting a good example. These key crew members include the director, the first assistant director, and the director of photography. As these members of the movie crew maintain a positive attitude, it will influence other members on set.
- On any job, it's tough to keep up morale…and in the crazy wilderness of filmmaking…whereas it's not really as regulated…as a typical job setting, this is especially true.…When you go out to work at your average job,…you typically know your hours, what to expect.…You usually expect break at exact times…and your performance usually doesn't have anything to do…with what time you leave for the day.…And there's usually no worry that business might shut down…at any minute because it ran out of money.…But none of these things are true…on most low-budget film sets.…It's a jungle out there folks…and it can be a recipe for frustration.…
So it's important to keep up the mood on set.…From my experience, the big crew positions,…the DP, the first AD, the director,…they all establish the tone and mood of the set.…And if they're lazy or stressed out or disrespectful,…the whole crew tends to follow their lead.…This is another reason why I chose Gavin Booth…as my first AD.…We're both serious about work but like to laugh and play…
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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