Stress On Set, Reduce the Mess (Tips & Tricks)

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THE STRESSFUL FILM SET

It is very normal for stress to get into everyone’s head as they work on set. The tight schedule, a lot of money invested on every single thing, and many people working on different areas for their production to be as good as possible. Although, thinking that having a lot of people working on your film might be better, it could be more stressful.  It is very important to remember that what happens on set, stays on set.  Don’t worry about someone being jumpy or aggressive, don’t take it personal, as everyone has a lot in their mind to do.

BE CLEAN, BE PREPARED

There’s nothing that could be more appreciated on a film set than being clean and organized. Doing your job carefully and quickly is one of the best ways to make a director’s life easier and for your other co-wokers to thank you even more. Everybody is very occupied doing various tasks at the same time, working for long hours and each one affected by different challenges like: climate, time, hunger and personal problems. The best thing you can do is to concentrate, be alert and ready for any sudden directions (as it constantly happens), have various options or spares at your disposal just in case something happens to the equipment you’re managing, etc.

WHAT TO DO

  • Stay alert
  • Be ready for any directions or sudden changes
  • Stay positive (don’t make any weird faces or give bad attitudes)
  • Be prepared for accidents or unpredictable things (bring batteries, camera lenses, whatever you’re using/need)
  • Know the schedule, study the work plan
  • Don’t ask questions, just do your best carefully and tidy
  • Be responsible and ALWAYS arrive on time for every little thing
  • Make things easier for everyone, don’t be an obstacle
  • Enjoy what you do, you’re creating something BIG

 

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don’t be messy
  • Not organizing your equipment, leaving things in the middle of the way
  • Asking too many questions
  • Acting bossy, arrogant or being sluggish
  • Sharing your responsibilities with your crew (not doing your job)
  • Delaying the schedule, making people wait for you
  • Being “too funny” (it’s not a circus, keep it professional)
  • Being disrespectful or making fun of anybody (that says a lot about you, be careful)

 

Those are some tips and tricks for working in a production you may want to hold on to.  As you can see, it’s a sacred ground and there’s already a  lot of stress going on with money and time involved, for any crew member to add more to the pile.  Relax, stay cool, do your job carefully but fast, be respectful and make everything comfortable.  Everyone will appreciate it in the end, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and see the bigger picture. What you’re doing might seem small, but every single thing everybody’s doing is tremendously essential for the film to be finished and look spectacular.

 

– Jess O. Rubio

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1DS
  • Focal length: 47mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s
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I'm an actor, cinematographer and editor. I enjoy writing scripts and taking these stories to the big screen. I usually compose music for my films or by request. Currently have a blog on YouTube to share some laughs with the audience. There's nothing more beautiful than to share someone's world with an audience on the big screen, and nothing more fulfilling than to be able to bring a character to life. The secret is how you tell the story.