Tuesday, November 8, 2011
So You Want to Make a Movie - Hiring the Crew
Step 12. Hiring the Crew
Another reason why confident production people may consider working on your movie is if they believe you have a great script and that their work will be seen by a large audience. Even thought the pay is minimal, this kind of motivation makes your offer attractive. As a deal maker, you have to understand what buttons you have to push and what type of incentives you need to have to convince professional and experienced crew members to work on our film. The best place to find potential crew members is to call your local or state Film Commission, commercial production companies, and large churches that have media ministries. Get referrals, references, and a demo real. With some research and doing your homework, you will find out “who’s who” in production in your area.
You need to be upfront with your crew. No secrets. Here are the paid positions. Here are the nonpaid positions. Believe me; this is going to save a lot of hard feelings and other potential problems down the road. You need to be frank about the schedule and long hours. As a low-budget filmmaker, you are shooting your film on a shoestring budget; therefore, any crew member either hired or volunteer needs to understand this. There is no big stack of cash that you’re hiding somewhere. Make sure they want the job, understand the facts, and are on board with the plan. When you are open and honest, you will have a happy and productive crew. Take care of the trust issue up front. And I don’t care if you have a Christian crew, the same issues will apply.
Also, there are three key positions which fall under the department heads that are a must. They include sound mixer/recordist, camera operator, and gaffer. Now we are up to eight paid positions. Here’s how most films work: you hire the department heads, give them a budget, and they hire the positions that fall within their departments. Remember, the money you have is the money you have. If they can stretch it to hire more people, great! Either way, eventually you are going to have to count on volunteers and inexperienced crew members to fill out the roster.