In addition to meal breaks, cast and crew on a film set also need occasional breaks to rest and network with other members of the film crew. These breaks keep the minds and creative energy of the cast and crew strong, and helps to keep up morale. Some filmmaking unions insist on regular breaks for their members.
- Giving your crew little breaks here and there…can really help morale…and help them recharge their stamina.…As we've also looked at,…breaks give your cast and crew a chance…to get to know each other and network.…And, like feeding them well,…it just shows respect for the work their putting…into your project.…There were a few times on the Assurance…where every time we cut everyone would leave…and go on break.…It would take so long to set back up again.…But, we didn't initially communicate to them…when we would give them breaks,…so they took advantage of…whatever stopping points they could.…If we would have planned when we'd give…the cast and crew breaks up front,…we would have had everyone on the same page…and things would have been more efficient.…
On bigger, and more professional film sets…the first AD always needs to know where everyone is.…So when someone goes to the bathroom,…they not only need to communicate that…they need to use the rest room,…but exactly what they'll be doing in there,…so the AD can plan how long they'll be away.…
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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