You’ve got your entire production planned out, and so you roll up to the location. Everybody just gets to work and the magic happens, right? Well, yes and no. Crew call is law, and Walter speaks about what to do if you're also the director.
- You've got your entire production planned out…and you roll up to the location.…Everybody just gets out, gets to work,…and the magic happens, right?…Eh, well, yes and no.…The crew call is law.…That's my opinion, and this is one place…where I lead by example.…So, for a 7:30 a.m. crew call,…I am onsite and ready by 7:20 a.m.…and I expect the entire crew to be there…at 7:30 a.m., ready to work.…
I simply do not tolerate crew being late…unless there are circumstances beyond their control,…such as unexpected traffic on their route.…If a crew member is consistently late,…I will either remove them from the crew…or not hire them again in the future.…At the beginning of the day,…if you have a director and/or a director of photography,…your main role is to make sure…everyone has what they need to do their jobs.…Check in with the director to make sure they understand…your production plan for that day…and ensure the first scene is getting set up correctly.…
You might also briefly go over…the schedule for the rest of the day…
Walter Biscardi takes you on set and shows you how production decisions unfold in real time, whether you're scripting, scheduling, directing crew members, or providing feedback to post. Follow along and explore the responsibilities of a producer in all stages, including pre-production (planning), production (running a set), and post-production (editing and delivery). By the end, you'll have a better understanding of skills and techniques it takes to run a smooth and successful video production.
- Scripting and storyboarding
- Running a set
- Paying your crew
- Working with post
- Providing constructive feedback