Department Head Hunting

The first step to building a great film crew is securing department heads. Watch as the team hires their DP and 1st Assistant Director and discusses crew and camera budgets.

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Assembling the A-Team

Now is the time to begin building your team so that you can hire an effective film crew. You'll also want to put together your production calendar so that you can stay on track. You may have an idea for your budget, but the department heads might have some objections.

In the second episode of our Pre-Production web-series, we hire key department heads like the Director of Photography and 1st Assistant Director so the team can spread out and secure film equipment and crew. They also build out the production calendar. What happens next? 

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Film Roles: The 1st AD

Assistant directors are indispensible members of the crew. Learn the ins and outs of this position.

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  • The various duties assigned to an AD
  • The AD's role in breaking down the script
  • How vital ADs are with scheduling and logistics

Film Roles: The DP

Let's take a closer look at the unsung heroes of film production and how they can make your life easier.

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  • The specific duties a DP is responsible for
  • Considerations they make on a daily basis
  • Their working relationship with the director

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  • How to add events, tasks, and due dates
  • Tips and strategies designed to improve workflow

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