OK…you want to work in the film business. You want to work on a set. You want to be crew. First off, understand that you’re nuts. Crazy. Certifiable. Once you’ve gotten that realization out of the way you can proceed…do not pass go…and there ain’t a chance in hell you’ll be making $200 on a low budget set. (Well, maybe per week…if you’re lucky.)
Which brings me to what makes a great crew member…
What makes Jodi so amazing? Well, her planning is meticulous. She understands not only the script, but the individual characters, and gives each an arch through their wardrobe. She can make the actor feel comfortable, beautiful, loved, listened to. She makes me, the director, feel as if she understands exactly what I’m looking for. She makes me, the producer, confident that not only will she deliver everything I ask for, but she’ll come in under budget. And she makes herself, the costume designer, shine with realistic looks, clothing that the characters would actually wear. She makes the movie that much more believable. Everyone is happy.
Her work ethic is beyond reproach. I’ve seen her sewing late into the night. I’ve seen her continue on despite a family emergency. Everything is organized, color-coded, steamed, and ready to go. She is always upbeat, good natured, never complains. And somehow, despite her brilliance, she manages to check her ego at the door. She understands that her art is part of a larger picture. And she does everything in her power to make the larger picture shine.
That is a GREAT crew member.
The ego checking thing…it’s especially hard for a lot of people who want to work in this business. Usually people who have no business even having an ego in the first place. But really, unless you’re the director, or you’re putting up all the cash for the production, or you’re some star with actual box office value, there’s no room for your ego. The set isn’t big enough. Do everyone a favor and leave it at home. This is a job. Might be a cool job, but it’s a job nonetheless. Treat it as one. Treat those above you with respect, as you would any boss. You’ll get a good reputation, and word of mouth will travel quickly, you’re someone worth hiring. That’s how you succeed in this business.
Now…with the Seattle premiere of FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS) coming up quickly, I felt it was time for another trailer. And while I still have yet to complete the long trailer, y’know the one which will tell the story of the film in three minutes or less, I have come up with a fun tease, based around Brad’s Rules.
Give me 57 seconds of your time to get you hooked:
And of course there’s the toe sucking contest:
(Rules and such are in my last blog entry.)
Ok…all for now. Really trying to finish up the new novel before getting on a plane to Seattle…