Getting a crew together can be a little tough, but its not as hard as you might think. I’ll show you some tips I have learned in my experience in filming and putting a good crew together.
When shooting a film you must take everything into account. To do this, we separate it all into different departments, which makes it easier to manage. I am going to list some departments here, although yours may be a little different: Production which includes the producer and any assistants, Art which includes the artists, sets, props etc, Make-up, which includes hair, make-up and costumes, Camera which is who is shooting the scene with the camera, Sound and Lighting, which is where your technicians come in, and Crafting, basically making food etc. Yours may have more departments then that, but that is the basic set up.
If you know anyone in the industry that has some type of experience in filming, editing, shooting or anything like that, see if you can acquire their help. If your just starting out you probably wont know anyone like that, but its always a good idea and ask your friends if they do. Maybe they did a little project awhile back you didn’t know about, or before you met them. It never hurts to ask.
If your friends don’t have professional experience, maybe their friends do. Ask your friends if they know anyone that has experience in the film making industry. The chances may be small, but when first starting out those chances will be huge for you.
Lets back up to asking your friends for help again. But this time don’t worry about if they have experience in the film industry. Maybe they have skills that relate to business in general. You might have friends that are good at writing, keeping track of money, running errands things like that. Maybe some of them want to act and need some experience. This would be a good opportunity for them. You may not be able to pay them right away, but I’m sure they wont mind. Most friends will lend a hand if you need it.
Personally one of the best ways to find crew members is students. These students want to make a name for themselves and put some films under their belt. Not all of them are actors either. You can find students to help in all departments of your film. Remember they are going to school in this industry, so they will be eager to show their skills and do a good job for you. Most will take small pay or no pay in exchange for the experience. Check online for schools that have job boards with students looking for work.
Another great option is placing ads. Do a search online for websites that allow you to place ads. Some are free or charge very little money. You can also place ads in your local newspaper. It may cost a little more, but it could be well worth it if you find someone with valuable skills.
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