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Hints for working on a movie set

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Hints for Working on a Movie Set

Work on a movie set often means “hurry-up and wait” You’re going to be asked to wait for long periods of time in between your scenes. If you don’t know what’s expected of you during these waits, you might accidentally make a serious mistake and be asked to leave. To keep you alive and well on the set, here are some of the directions you, as Background Artists, are required to follow:

1. BRING ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR I-9 information to the set. This includes your driver’s license and social security card, or, birth certificate, or passport. You will not get paid, or be asked to leave if you don’t have these. Print legibly. If your paperwork cannot be read, this will slow down the process for you to get paid.
2. BE PREPARED. Be prepared to stay all day (about 12 hours). Once you’ve been established in a shot, you must be there in case you’re needed again. If you choose to leave, you will not be paid or rehired. Sometimes the production will end quickly and they will let you go but you must let them give you the OK.

• Arrive 15 minutes before you actual call time. You will use this time to fill out paperwork and to get where you need to be.
• Be very quiet on the set and in the holding areas. Everyone needs to hear all of the directions at all times. You surely don’t want to miss a cue.
• Do NOT approach the cast and crew with questions, for autographs or for photos.
• Do not touch any equipment

• Leave your valuables at home. Do not leave valuables in your car. They are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

• Be patient and pay attention.

• Put your cell phones on silent or vibrate, and do not answer it while they are shooting.

• If you make a commitment you must show up!

3. IMPORTANT TERMS AND PHRASES

When on set, expect to hear the following:

Rehearsal –practicing the shot. Sometimes this will be with just the cast or just the camera. Often it will include background. The AD (assistant director) department will be very clear as to who is participating in the rehearsal so that everyone is aware.
Picture Is Up—this means we will be shooting the next time (rolling film). Everyone that has been directed to work in the shot will participate.

Rolling – the camera and sound begin to record. Please stand by.

Background Action – this is where all of the background act and do what they have been directed to do.

Action—the cast (those speaking) begins their acting.

Cut—everybody stops acting and listens for instructions.

Reset or Going Again—We will do the same shot again. Please return to where you started on the previous take. Please do the same exact thing as the previous take unless directed to change it.

Check the Gate—last stage before setting up a new shot. Please stand by.

Moving On or New Deal—A new shot will be set. Please listen for instructions, as this may be an appropriate tie to use the restrooms or get food and water.

4. WARDROBE Please bring at least one outfit that would comply with the descriptions below but not to exceed 3 outfits. If you don’t have anything vintage, then clothing of the appropriate type and color (described below) are also acceptable.

GOOD COLORS BAD COLORS
Light Blue Hot Pink
Red or Green Lime
Peach or White Bright
Navy Orange
Pink Brown
Black Burgundy
Off-White/Ivory Gold
Tan or Grey

****This may be obvious to many of you, but please wear proper undergarments in case you are asked to change clothes.

HAIR DO NOT SHAVE YOUR SIDEBURNS OR CUT YOUR HAIR BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOOT.

SHOES
As non-descript as possible. PLEASE avoid ultra-modern, huge, high-tech tennis shoes. If period appropriate shoes are not available, dark shoes in general are quite helpful. Sandals and platform shoes are also useful.

PANTS
Again, as non-descript as possible. Gray black, tan, and pastel trousers are acceptable. Wide leg is acceptable for women, as well as some flare. No bell-bottoms. NO SHORTS.

SHIRTS/TOPS Shirts and blouses in the preferred colors are appropriate. Oversized T-shirts are not appropriate.

COLD WEATHER: Some scenes may be outside, bring appropriate clothes to keep warm when not shooting

NO

• NO Big logos (i.e. Nike, Coke, Gap, Rocca, Enyce, etc.)
• NO Acid washed denim
• NO High contrast patterns/plaids
• NO Super baggy hip hop clothes
• NO Shorts

Please keep dates and production information in case you need it to track payment issues or for your resume. Do not gossip or speak badly about the production, other talent, agencies etc., clients want positive professional people. Remember every production is different be ready for different methods in everything they do. Also generally it takes 2-4 weeks to get paid but sometimes it takes longer with national clients. These tips are generalities and will help greatly, but remember every client will have various things they may expect, so be sharp and ready.

Have a great adventure!

http://www.Crazeagency.com

Important Modeling and Acting Tips!

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Talent tips
1- When you are booked for any job write down the director, producer, casting director, TV Network etc.. You need this info. for your resume.  Also remember the part you played. ( If it was extra work you must put that in a separate Extra category not acting). Always update your resume the day you do the project . You would not believe the amount of work people lose out on because their resumes are not updated.

2- To insure payment when you are booked on a job please remember to bring appropriate ID and fill out all forms legibly and correctly. Also keep track of the dates you work and what job it was just in case.

3- Keep your look close to the photos we use to promote you, or  you must update the photos. Clients really get upset when you do not match your photo or if we send you out to meet them and you have gained or lost weight, have longer hair or a different color we could lose that client permanently.

.4- Never say a negative word on set. Even among fellow actors or models. Even about other agencies. It never helps you or us in the long run! Let’s take the high road even though many people and agencies don’t.
5- A  successful Modeling and Acting career is  like any other career it takes time, persistence, dedication, knowledge, skill and patience!
6- Many National Clients take their sweet time to pay you. Even when we bill them with a 30 day voucher. We hate it as bad as you do(we all have bills to pay). We will do everything in our power to collect but it has always been that way and will probably never change with the big national companies. They know they get allot of people work so if you harass them too much they will just use someone else.
7- Do not accept an audition unless you are 100% sure you can make it and be on time. Usually we are limited in the time slots we have and we do not have time to replace you. We also give the casting director a list the night before and they will too be busy the next day of the audition for us to schedule someone else with them. They  just figure you are unreliable.
8- No matter how you feel inside you have to portray self confidence when you are interviewed. Clients never hire people who let them know they are new at this or who are not a polished finished product.
9- Don’t show it or be shocked if the audition is not what you visualized. A pro expects it to always be different and is ready to make quick on the spot adjustments. They almost want it to be tough because they know the amateur will let it effect them. Half of success in this business is being very adaptable on the fly. That is why  it takes raining and experience for many of the jobs.
10- Always just have fun with this business. Clients love to be around smiling , funny, happy people. Many actors, models get too serious when they audition because they feel the pressure.
11- If a client ask  you what your rate is say call my agent  or let us know.  That is our job and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed  and get you the best rate possible for that type of project. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents will either never pay or low ball you or work in an unprofessional manner. Plus you are responsible to let the agency know about  these projects.
12- If you need an agent research the Better Business Bureau, call your local Film Commission and ask casting directors who they use. If you live in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming contact the Craze Agency 801-438-0067, http://www.crazeagency.com