Should you use a large or a small crew? My own preference is for the smallest crew possible, at least when shooting intimate human situations. A large crew can get in the way of the subject matter, distancing people and disrupting privacy and human connections. Most people are tremendously wary of filmmakers. So when you come into someone's home asking questions of a personal or painful nature, the fewer people around the better.

What is a few? I would say that a small crew should consist of the director, cameraperson, assistant cameraperson, and soundperson. Often, in intimate situations, you can get the assistant cameraperson to do lights. If that's impossible, then an electrician or gaffer can complete the crew. If you really want to cut down the crew, then you as director can handle the sound. Similarly, the director can take over the job of production manager, and the driving can be shared. If that's impossible, the production manager and driver should keep their distance during the filming. Obviously, cutting the crew doesn't always make sense. If you have a big production job, with a lot of organization and on-the-spot problems, you will probably need to add a production manager, general assistant, grip, perhaps an extra electrician, and a driver.

One thing to sort out right at the beginning of the film is whether it is being done with a union or nonunion crew. Sometimes you have the option, but if you are doing your film for television or within a television station, you may not have the option. If you are doing the film with a union crew, then you must familiarize yourself with the appropriate union rules. These cover working procedures, hours, breaks, food allowances, and the like. They also often cover travel conditions, such as first-class seating for flights over a certain distance.

If you are acting as producer, then the choice of the crew will be in your hands. If you are director, with a producer over you, you must make sure that the crew is selected, as far as possible, according to your directions and instructions. Here, the battle is often for a crew of the right size, with the producer trying to save money by giving you an inadequately small crew or low-cost personnel who are not equal to the job.

Film Making

Film Making

If you have ever wanted the secrets to making your own film, here it is: Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making. Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. Studios make films, not the little guy. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay.

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