A crash course in what to expect, what to wear, and exactly how much free food you can expect. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.
We’re pulling back the curtain and giving you a backstage pass into our work in the film industry! You’ll see how we prepare, how we work, and how we Make. Stuff. Happen.
Let’s do this.
What do I wear?
Repeat after us: Comfort and function. Before you leave the house, get yourself together using these tips!
What do I bring?
Bring along a snack and a water bottle!
A phone charger and/or cordless charger
A Lil Industry Nugget: VUER is this great app that allows us to look at the frame on our phone, rather than having to run back to the monitor when we’re adjusting and styling. Whaaaat?!? The only bummer is that it drains your phone battery, so be sure to have a way to charge that baby!
A notepad for jotting down errands and/or great advice from your fellow crew members
What should I expect?
To be early! "Early is on time, and on time is late!"
Craft Services is a big perk of the film industry! A SNACK BUFFET ALL DAY. Need we say more?!
What do I need to know?
Last Looks – hair/make-up’s final touch-up to actors before a scene is filmed
Picture’s Up – cameras are almost set to start rolling
Stinger – an extension cord
Talent – actor(s) or actress(es)
Video Village – where viewing monitors are placed for the client
Cyc - a curved wall used as a background of a stage set to suggest unlimited space. *If your set has this, be prepared to use those slip-on/slip-off shoes!
The biggest thing on set is to always keep moving! There are so many eyes on a film set, and you never know who is watching. It could be your next employer! Be a team player and ask questions like, "How can I help?" and "Does anything need to be done right now?" Hint: There is ALWAYS something to do!
Truly, the industry is not that big. Make friends, chat with other departments, and learn AS MUCH as you can. Take notes, observe, and look for tips and tricks along the way. Many people who can hire you have likely been in the industry for a looooong time and are a wealth of knowledge!
Lastly, tell us! What else do YOU want to know about the film industry? What have YOU learned from being on set? How can we continue to support YOU in gaining valuable industry knowledge? We’d love to hear it!
That’s a wrap!
- The Uncommon Team