The production stage of our process is when the vision of the project is translated and captured.We tailor each shoot to meet the demands of any variety of settings. The production crew is responsible for ensuring equipment is properly assembled, lighting on set correct, talent is briefed, and footage is organized and managed properly. The larger the production, the more imperative it is to have each specialized role filled. Here are few key roles we rely on:
As one of the most important roles in the filmmaking process, the director sees the vision of the project through to completion. On set the director visualizes the script, working with the technical aspects of the crew and execution of the story. On each scene they are the front and center making the call once the vision has been captured. Any conflict resolution and mediation goes through the director as ultimately the final calls are decided by them. Arguably this role spends the most time on every project and has an intimate connection to the final delivery.
The director of photography aka cinematographer is responsible to the director for achieving optimum photographic images for the film. Specific duties include selecting the camera & lighting equipment, supervising camera & lighting crew, determining the lighting pattern and exposure for each scene. The cinematographer collaborates with the director for the photographic style of the film.
The line producer is brought on typically for pre-production, but play a major role on set. In there role they make sure that budget is being managed properly with special attention to above line and below line expenses. During production they make sure that the day to day logistics run smoothly, dealing with issues as they arise. Part of this role also encompasses working with vendors, cast, and crew.
The Assistant Director role is managing script and the details of each scene. They make sure that all aspects of pre-production are being covered and the shot list is followed. Management of time on set is key as the AD is responsible for keeping everyone on schedule. Working closely with the producers on set they make sure that not only the creative story is coming together, but that the logistics and budget run smoothly.
The camera operator is responsible for operating the camera, setup and takedown of gear, and maintaining the compositions established by the director and the director of photography (cinematographer). Depending on the size of set, the DP will also take on this role.
The production sound engineer is the individual on set that captures all audio. They are responsible for setting up all audio equipment, making sure that levels are correct, and that the set or location is optimum for the capture of sound.
The gaffer is the chief electrician and reports to the director of photography on set. This role is responsible for rigging and operating lighting and electrical equipment. As lighting is one of the most important elements in setting up a visually pleasing aesthetic for the shot, this role is imperative.
The grip and team assists the gaffer during lighting procedures and maneuvering camera rigs during moving shots. Grips help build out platforms, rigging picture vehicles, blackening out windows, laying dolly track, setting up motion control equipment, and does the manual labor that accompanies each unique set.