As a movie goer you always see the credits at the end and think, ‘wow, there are a lot of people that go into making this.’ I was fortunate enough to be a PA (Production Assistant) for full length film this past September. Unlike the major motion picture films where you have potentially hundreds of people taking part, we were on a low budget working with a crew of about 20-25 not including actors. Because it was a smaller crew, the roles and responsibilities of each member were blurred as everyone took on extra tasks as they were needed. When reading through ‘Crew Roles’ and ‘Developing a Crew’, I was surprised to see just how much influence each role has on the final product. It is important to have trust and communication in each role because each task can have an effect on another.
I can see why I always hear about how hard it is to break into the business. Once you have established connections and built up a reputation, jobs and recommendations will come a little easier. Starting out though no one really knows you or how you work so you have to work from the ground up gaining those working relationships. It was interesting to me in the readings, it talked about test shoots where you would have the opportunity to basically prove your worth for a project to gain the trust of the directors and producers. Granted you are not going to have that with every project, but it makes me hopeful that there are more ways than a resume to gain those connections.
When working on the film last September I was able to work a lot with the 2nd AD (Assistant Director). They were in charge of a lot of the behind the scenes organization and planning for shoots. At the time I could see myself in a position like that, but then reading through the descriptions and traits of each crew member role I found myself fitting other positions better. The camera roles stood out to me as something the I would be interested in exploring in the future. I have always been interested in photography which can be a huge benefit when putting the scenes together, having that intuitive nature in setting up shots that are aesthetic to the viewers. I am looking forward to learning more about each of the role in more detail as the course continues and seeing where my skill set will fit in best.
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