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FILM PRODUCTION BREAKDOWN

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on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of FILM PRODUCTION BREAKDOWN

FILM PRODUCTION BREAKDOWN
The Director
- The film director visualizes and interprets
the script.
- Directs the actors through the use of
subtext, blocking, and other techniques.
- Usually provides the overall artistic vision
of the film and guides the entire crew
toward completing that vision.
1st Assistant Director
- If the Director directs everything that goes on in front of the lens, then the 1st AD directs everything behind it.
- Scheduling, logistics, calling each take.
- Supervises the Production Department.
- Crew deal memos, call sheets, daily reports, Exhibit G.
- The Director's right hand and the most stressed person on set.
- Communicates across all departments in order to make everything logistically possible.
Line Producer
- Works in tandem with the 1st AD and Producer.
- Supervises the budget on day to day basis.
- Creates a protective bubble around the set.
- Liaison and line of communication between the film set and outside parties or vendors.
2nd Assistant Director
- Works under and is the right hand of the 1st AD.
- Will give direction, motivation, and blocking to extras (depending on production).
- Will assist the 1st AD with paper work and communicating with all departments on set.
- A 2nd 2nd AD assists the 2nd AD with various tasks and is usually only employed on larger sets.
Production Assistant
- Life blood of the production team.
- Assists the production team with many tasks.
- Setting up craft, lunch, base camp, maintains cleanliness and order during production.
Casting Director
- The head of casting who works in tandem with the Director and Producer in casting the film.
- Schedules and holds auditions.
- Communicates with agents, agencies and casting networks, SAG-AFTRA, extras and the rest of the cast during pre-production.
- Directs the actors during auditions and may hire assistants and a camera operator as well.

The Producer
- Usually hires the crew.
- Supervises the financial aspects of the film production, accounts payable, budgeting, accounting personnel.
- Provides some creative input.
- Drafts contracts and other paper work for actors, SAG-AFTRA, cities and towns, location agreements, etc.
- Presents the film for distribution and exhibition.
The Writer
- Writes or adapts a story into
screenplay format.
- Creates the blueprint for the film
production.
Director of Photography
- Directs the visual aesthetics of the film.
- Most often is second or has as much creative control as the Director.
- Directs the camera department and works in tandem with the Gaffer to achieve the image.
- Depending on the DP, the DP might hire a Camera Operator to operate the camera instead.
1st Assistant Camera
- The DP's right hand and is responsible for pulling focus along with numerous other important duties.
- Before each take checks focus, aperture, shutter, tachometer (FAST).
- Checks the gate before moving onto the next scene.
- Sets focus marks, in charge keeping the camera, lenses, and camera equipment safe.
2nd Assistant Camera
- Assists the 1st AC with numerous duties.
- Keeps camera batteries charged and safe.
- Loads film or digital media, labels it, or supervises the Loader if one is on set.
- Sets up and runs monitors and video assist.
-Slating, camera logs, camera reports, and assists 1st AC with building and staging camera.
- Communicates with Script Supervisor as to what appears on the slate.
Chief Lighting Technician (Gaffer)
- The CLT/Gaffer directs the Electric Department and is responsible for the overall lighting design.
- Works and communicates with the DP to achieve the Director and the DP's visual strategy.
- Manages the Electric Department that consists of a Best Boy Electric, the right hand of the Gaffer.
Key Grip
- In charge of the Grip Department.
- In charge of safety on set.
- In charge of rigging on set, including rigs for lights, dolly grips, crane grips.
- Works closely with the Gaffer during lighting setups. Reports to DP.
- Grips work under the Key Grip as well as a Best Boy Grip.
- On smaller sets the Grip and Electric Departments will work as one.
Production Designer
- Collaborates with the DP and Director to establish a visual aesthetic and feel.
- Directs the Art Department in order to implement the scenic elements that will be shot.
- The Art Department includes Painters, Set Dressers, Wardrobe, Hair & Make-Up,
Prop Masters, Art Assistants, etc.
- The Art Director works under the PD as second in command and oversees the administrative aspects of Art Dept. operations.
Art Director
- Works directly underneath the PD and supervises the Art Assistants and staging of art department materials.
- Assigns tasks to art crew.
- Will occasionally keep track of art department budget along with the PD.
- Attends all meetings with PD, visits locations during location scouts.
-Provides floor plan and information to Set Dressers and other crew members.
Production Mixer
- Head of the Sound Department.
- Handles all on-location sound recording and mixing during production.
- Checks and adjusts sound levels.
- Writes a sound log.
- Organizes and names audio files.
- In charge of sound equipment and staging of sound cart/materials.
"Waiting for sound"
Boom Operator
- Assistant to the Production Mixer.
- Microphone and boom pole placement.
- Setting up wireless mics.
- Checking for sound issues and reporting to the Production Mixer.
Sound Utility
- Assists the Boom Op and Mixer with cables and other tasks.
- Tests and repairs sound equipment.
- Mostly used on large scale sets.
Moving On!
1st AD Calls
- Quiet On Set We're Going For A Take!
- Sound Ready?
Sound Ready.
- Camera Ready?
Camera Ready.
- Roll Sound.
Sound Speeds. (Sound reads slate info into mic)
- Roll Camera.
Camera Speeds.

2nd AC Slates and Director Calls Action.

Before moving on...
- Check the gate!
Script Supervisor
- Also called a Scripty, is in charge of looking out for continuity throughout the production.
- Responsible for what goes on the slate.
- Communicates with 2nd AC to insure the slate reads the correct information.
- Keeps notes on eyelines, axis (180 degree rule), script notes, notes for the editor.
- Has script on standby and is prepared to feed lines to an actor.
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