Look in a film school's movie credits for a particular period, and you will find the same few names in different capacities for different films. These are the people in their cadre who loved the process of filmmaking and would direct one month and be a friend's gaffer or production manager the next. This is whom you should aim to become and whom you hope to find in your crew.


Beginning directors often try to oversee the whole crew's work. In search of perfection you will have the urge to set the lights, operate the camera, and control a hundred other small details. Too often neglected is the human presence on the screen, the one aspect the audience really notices. A check of composition, ...

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