Moviemaking Concepts: The Production Crew, Part 2

in video •  20 days ago

Continuing from last episode where we talk about the crucial roles you'll find on a film set, today we'll talk about Sound Recordists, and the Casting, Locations, and Production teams.

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Hello! I am the artist known as DEROSNEC, and welcome to my bi-weekly vlog where I talk about making music, art, movies, and more.

Last time I told you about a bunch of the key people you’ll find on a film set during production time. I got a few more for ya!

On-Set Sound

These days it’s a pretty rare occurrence that a movie is shot without synced sound, and considering how important sound is to a movie experience, it’s imperative that the shoot has a solid sound team. This department usually consists of 2 people.

First, the Boom Operator is the person with the beefiest arms on the whole crew because he or she usually has to stand with a long, heavy, pole held high above whoever is talking on camera and adjust accordingly with the utmost sensitivity. The second person is the sound mixer, who is responsible for mixing the recorded audio, organizing the audio tracks, and maintaining the audio recording equipment so that it’s ready for action.

Casting Team

The Casting Director seeks out actors to play each part and helps audition roles in the film. This person usually comes on well before shooting, but will generally stay throughout to make sure that if a last minute actor change needs to happen for whatever reason, that it doesn’t disrupt the schedule.

Locations Team

The Locations Manager is usually the first person on the set each day. He or she ensures that the location is ready for the set crew, including taking any safety precautions or needs into consideration and getting the craft team (who’s responsible for feeding the crew) in place. They’ll also make sure that the necessary permits are in place, as well as enforce the “leave the location better than how you found it” rule.

Managers and Coordinators

The Production Manager (PM) works directly with the Line Producer as well as the set crew to help keep things on budget and on schedule from a physical standpoint. They’ll manage the day-to-day expenses of operation and execution, including salaries, production costs, and rental costs.

They’re supported by a team of Production Coordinators (PC’s), who help do a lot of the heavy lifting - like working directly with the crew, making lots of phone calls, and keeping lots of detailed spreadsheets.

Many individual departments will have their own Managers and Department heads, too, so it’s not uncommon to see a whole lot of different kinds of PM’s and PC’s listed in the credits.

Production Assistants

Every department also has its own set of Production Assistants (or PA’s). These are usually where most people start out when they first want to enter the industry. These guys do all the gruntwork for whatever department their in - for example, in locations, they’re changing garbage can liners, watching gear trucks, getting coffee for the various key roles, and loading or unloading heaps of equipment.

It’s not a glamorous position by any means, but you gotta start somewhere - and proving yourself as a reliable, hardworking, and friendly PA on a production will 9 times out of 10 give you the knowledge and connections that you need to move up in the ranks. Not to mention that if you really think about it, all those little tasks are actually really important and the production couldn’t happen without someone tending to them! So the role is more significant than a lot of people give it credit for.

Did you know about all of these roles before this video? Which ones didn’t you know about? Tell me what you learned in the comments!

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While I'll never be involved in movie making directly I did have the opportunity once to be involved in supplying some equipment for the movie "The Tin Cup " with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo. It was filmed on location here in Texas at a golf course that was a customer of mine and I ended up leasing the film company 10 utility vehicles for that filming.
I was also able to watch a little of the filming since I needed to be "around" to check the vehicles periodically during the lease.
Thanks for giving us the straight and skinny on movie making.


my pleasure! well that's pretty cool that you got to be involved with that one, that was a pretty major film if I recall correctly!


It was a box office type film for the theaters and it was fun getting to watch a few scenes being shot so it was pretty cool for me.

Doing film/video is such a fun and interesting experience. I've done more behind the scenes and with editing than in front of the camera. Nice work breaking down some of the key roles. :)


thanks for checking it out! editing is my day job so I can relate, haha :D but i love all parts of the process and that its so collaborative.


The collaboration element fascinates me, that so many people come together to make a work of art. It’s a little bit magical to me. ;)

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Reading your posts on movie making always makes me feel more knowledgeable about what goes on behind the scenes to produce those movies! There's definitely a lot more than meets the eye and I can only imagine the organization skills required to put things together!

Keep up this series please <3 It's A M A Z I N G <3


As always, thank you so much for watching! I'm glad you're learning stuff! :D

Through your posts I am learning so much about movie making so interesting and so much goes on I had no idea about


thanks for watching!

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