What Does a 2nd Assistant Director Do? Job Duties Explained

When first stepping foot on a professional film set, there is a wealth of industry-specific terminology that you will be expected to know. All of these terms, titles, and phrases can be overwhelming at first but by familiarizing yourself with all of this terminology in advance, you’ll give yourself a leg up. In this article,… Continue reading What Does a 2nd Assistant Director Do? Job Duties Explained

What Does a Cinematographer Do? What They Consider and Why

Cinematographers obviously play a vital role in making a film, but what decisions do they make on a daily basis? The cinematographer’s primary goal is to capture the director’s vision. Using lighting, camera, and composition techniques, a DP translates that vision into images. This post goes over the common considerations with explanations from working professionals.… Continue reading What Does a Cinematographer Do? What They Consider and Why

Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

On a low-budget independent film with a scaled back crew, there are not too many film crew positions to keep track of. When we start looking at larger productions, however, the amount of distinct film crew positions can balloon to massive numbers. Gaining an understanding of the function of each movie crew member’s role can… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Film Crew Positions (Jobs & Duties Explained)

What is a DIT in Film — Definition, Job Description, and Salary

The role of the DIT is one of the more mysterious roles on a film set. This is primarily due to the fact that there are numerous duties that fall onto a DIT. In today’s digital world, technology is advancing at an incredible rate. And the film industry is no exception.  DIT’s are becoming an increasingly… Continue reading What is a DIT in Film — Definition, Job Description, and Salary

Sound Editing vs Sound Mixing — What’s the Difference?

Storytelling may start with an idea and a script. Along the way, it may garner tons of attention and praise for its directing and star-studded cast. But what can sound do for a story? Sound design involves much more than level dialogue and explosions. It’s highly technical, but requires an enormous amount of creativity. If… Continue reading Sound Editing vs Sound Mixing — What’s the Difference?

Production Assistant Job Description & Duties: A Producer’s Guide

Production assistants are integral to a shoot whether it’s for a film, TV show, music video, or commercial, but it’s hard to learn an entry-level job when you can’t get your foot in the door. You may be looking to book your first PA gig, or you’ve already had a few production assistant jobs but… Continue reading Production Assistant Job Description & Duties: A Producer’s Guide

Ultimate Guide to Working with Unions: Grieved and Flipped

Choosing to work with Hollywood’s unions is a major decision for any filmmaker or producer. There are pros and cons to joining or not joining. The choices you make at the start could have far-reaching consequences for your film. If you make the wrong decision, you may find yourself in unchartered waters. Your crew members may… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Working with Unions: Grieved and Flipped

Ultimate Guide to Script Supervisors (FREE Script Supervisor Template)

We’ve all seen a continuity error in a film or noticed a plot hole at some point. The fact that you don’t see hundreds of them is because productions hire someone to pay attention to the details of a script. This person on set is known as the script supervisor. We’ll go over what a… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Script Supervisors (FREE Script Supervisor Template)

What Does a Director Do? The Film Director’s Job Description

Knowing precisely what a director does in every stage of a production’s life cycle is vital to your success in the industry. A director’s job description involves participation in nearly every phase of a project. Because the director’s vision largely impacts the final product, directors work closely with department heads and technicians to bring it… Continue reading What Does a Director Do? The Film Director’s Job Description

How to Become a Casting Director For Movies — A Step-By-Step Guide

Casting is an art of its own. At the most fundamental level, casting directors are in charge of building a team. At the most sensitive level, casting directors hold the “keys to the city,” determining who gets put forward for a gig and who doesn’t. From running auditions to negotiating contracts, CDs are the people… Continue reading How to Become a Casting Director For Movies — A Step-By-Step Guide

The Clapperboard Explained — How to Use a Film Slate

The humble film slate, scuffed and scratched and tossed casually aside between setups, is actually a very important piece of equipment that no film set should ever be without.In this post we’re going to give you the insider’s tour of the slate. We’ll show you how to use a film slate on set, including how… Continue reading The Clapperboard Explained — How to Use a Film Slate

What Does a Screenwriter Do? The Fundamentals of the Job

The answer to the title question is pretty obvious: screenwriters write screenplays, right? Well, yeah, but there’s much more to the craft than the finished product. Every writer has their own process so let’s hear from some incredibly talented and iconic screenwriters to see how they approach their stories. Once we get the full picture… Continue reading What Does a Screenwriter Do? The Fundamentals of the Job

How Much Does A PA Make? Find Production Assistant Jobs & Salary Info

Production assistant jobs are a great way to break into the film and entertainment industry, but they can be hard to find and even harder to book. Afterall, they’re highly sought after entry-level jobs. We’re going to help you find a movie PA job, teach you how to put together a production assistant resume, and… Continue reading How Much Does A PA Make? Find Production Assistant Jobs & Salary Info

Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

EPISODE 1Budget BombshellMeet the team and watch how they must rework their script so that it will fit inside their limited budget. Subscribe for more filmmaking videos like this. Subscribe on YouTube ← Episode Guide Next Episode → EPISODE 1Art meets commerceYou have a great idea for a TV show. You’ve already written the pilot,… Continue reading Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

Producer vs Director: The Roles & Responsibilities Explained

Film producers and directors both have major responsibilities during the filmmaking process, but none is as important as their ability to work together. This post discusses producer vs director responsibilities, addressing the specifics of each role, while also pointing to why their clear communication is critical to the making of a film. Continue reading Producer… Continue reading Producer vs Director: The Roles & Responsibilities Explained

What is Call Time in the Production World? And Where Can I Find It?

Whether you’re a producer, a coordinator, an actor, or a parent of an actor, you’re probably well-versed in the industry-term, ‘call time.’ But if you’re coming to this post being none of these people, or soon to be one of these people, and you have no idea what it is, you can breathe easy. This… Continue reading What is Call Time in the Production World? And Where Can I Find It?