You Booked A Show! Now What?
(Did You Read Your Property in a Starring Role?)
Be a Good Neighbor!
Keep your neighbors informed of upcoming filming to reduce problems. If permissible, welcome one or two, at a time, to visit during filming and make sure they know to be quiet during filming, etc.
Be a Good Host!
Location managers and scouts talk to each other and when they have a good experience when filming in your home, or on your property, they will be happy to recommend your property when it has the features be sought. The opposite is also true, if you are difficult or make the shoot day more problematic, don’t expect them to want to come back or tell others about your property. Problems can usually be avoided by asking lots of questions during the scouting process and when negotiating the location agreement. When both parties are well informed the chance of problems is greatly reduced, but unexpected events are always a possibility, so be flexible within reason.
Crew to Know:
- Location Manager. This may, or may not be the location scout you dealt with earlier. He/she should introduce you to, the Transportation Captain, the Craft Service Person, and the 1st AD and 2nd AD at the top of the day.
- Transportation Captain. This is the person responsible for the placement and movement of any vehicles on and around your property, so he needs to be aware of where he can and cannot park vehicles and of any areas that should be avoided, i.e., sprinklers, neighbors driveway, etc.
- Craft Service Person. He/she is responsible for setting up a food and drink area (craft service table) and keeping the set and surrounding area clean. They sometimes handle placing layout board, if needed, which is used to protect your floors. (Location departments often have layout board personnel who can come in prior to filming, per any agreement, and place layout board throughout the home/business and will get moved around to accommodate filming throughout the day.)
- 1st Assistant Director (AD). This is the person responsible for running the set and keeping things on schedule. She/He will be near the camera and the director most of the time.
- 2nd AD. This is the person responsible for checking in all the talent and handling the logistics of getting them ready for working on camera. In addition, she/he deals with issues taking place away from camera. There can be more than one 2nd AD on a show, these include 2nd 2nd AD and additional 2nd AD’s.
- Production Assistant (PA). The PA does a variety of jobs in support of all the departments involved in shooting and will most likely appear to be the most overworked/underpaid member of the crew, …but they are living the dream.