So you’ve spent much of your filmmaking career hustling as a one person band, and now you’re curious about the role you’ll play within your Muse Film School production crew.
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Sure, you’ve seen these titles countless times, listed within the credits following your favorite movies and TV shows. But what exactly are each of these roles responsible for?
Let's take a few minutes to break down what you'll be doing on set at Muse Film School.
As the Director, you’ll be the primary person in charge of the creative vision for your crew’s film, overseeing the shooting and assembly. From calling “action,” and “cut,” to interviewing your film’s characters, you’re the one making high level decisions about where your story will go, and how it should be presented.
Maybe you’ll decide that the tone of your story calls for a different kind of interview setup, or a different kind of camera move. Whatever the creative choices may be, your crew will look to you as the primary visionary for your piece.
While the Director heads up the creative decisions of your crew, the Producer takes the lead on business and organizational decisions. One of your most important responsibilities will be managing the expectations of your film's characters during pre-production.
Additionally, you’ll arrange the financing, and build call sheets to manage the production crew -- so that your shoots run on time, and without hiccup. Making sure all scripts are finalized, any locations are nailed down, and releases are signed, it’s up to you to guide the piece, all the way from start to finish.
As the Director of Photography, you’ll be the person behind the camera, always with an eye to lighting and the camera’s technical functions. The cinematographer, in other words.
Since you're the person who gets behind the gear, composes the shots, and presses record, people tend to be very familiar with your role. You’ll work with the Director to ensure that the gear you use is appropriate for the tone of your film.
Executing and designing the lighting plans for your shoots will be your primary responsibilities as Gaffer. Hoisting lights, flags, and scrims, you’ll work with your crew’s Director of Photography to ensure that every shot is properly lit to achieve the vision laid out by your Director. Alligator clamps, and grip tape -- these are your bread and butter.
Every successful Audio person knows that sound is half of every video you make. Whether you’re stationary or mobile, you’ll work with the Director of Photography to create a beautiful audio landscape. You'll help anyone watching your film feel like they were actually there when it happened. Monitoring levels to avoid pops and peaks, your headphones will quickly become your most worn accessory.
This is a unique, hybrid role, with responsibilities varying depending on whether you’re in the production stage or post-production stage. While on set you’ll serve as a Production Assistant, acting as a human multitool and helping out wherever needed. This could mean everything from getting coffee for the crew, to packing and unpacking gear for each shoot, to holding reflectors -- Hollywood style.
Then during the post-production process, you’ll take the lead on editing your film. You’re the one making the moves in Adobe Premiere, but you’re far from just a button pusher. You’ll work with the Director and Producer to make sure that your final export is compelling, and true to the vision your production crew set out to achieve.
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