August 18, 2017 at 10:57AM

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How does one go about building a crew for a short film?

In John Fusco's Kickstarter campaign for 'The Guy,' he mentions raising money in order to finance the production, including a 15-person crew. Let's say you've indeed raised the money; how does one go about building a crew for a short film?

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work on crews and you will find crews!

August 20, 2017 at 5:30PM

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Indie Guy
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Try to see if your city has any film groups, they usually have a website or Facebook group you can post to. You can also try reaching out to a film department at the nearest school. Craigslist is an option too but try to filter people by requesting a link to previous work and meeting up somewhere public before the shoot like a Starbucks to see if they are reliable. Try the site Mandy.com, it may be what you are looking for.

August 20, 2017 at 7:25PM, Edited August 20, 7:27PM

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Stephen Herron
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I started my own newsletter to basically do a 1st round of cast a crew call with the people I have worked with before. Every time I get on set with a crew I like I be sure to invite them to it. It has really helped flesh out my team and keep me out of mass email feeds.

This has been my kinda cheat to work with who I like.

Heres a link to the newsletter:
http://mailchi.mp/c420b8cebaab/august-newsletter-making-films-and-drinki...

August 21, 2017 at 11:55AM

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Clint Howard II
Director Of Photography
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I would start looking for portfolios and people EVERYWHERE. In your town, in or region, state, in your country! If you have the budget to hire the best ones, go for it. But remember to always have other 2 or 3 options for that same positions, people tend to be people... so... Have a Plan B. The more you work on films and other video making projects, the more people you'll know - people who also know and acknowledge your work, and at the end of the day, while building a team, it all comes down to the most trustable people who are crazy enough to work as hard as possible. =) that's how I do it

August 23, 2017 at 10:10PM

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David Huxiley
Director
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sometimes you join a production - could be good or bad, big or small, and you know someone, could be nice or mean, skillful or helpful. Make sure you spent time with them and note their names and phone numbers. Better if you could have a name card exchange, that'd be professional tho. Later on you'll build your own crew list and you can decide how you'd pick up the right people for you own project.

August 25, 2017 at 12:20PM, Edited August 25, 12:20PM

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Karmen HSU
Screenwriter
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Film groups are the way to go. Any decent sized area should have one. I live in a town of about 80,000 and we have a very active group. There's several dozen members at every monthly mixed. If there's not a group in your area, you can always try starting one.

I'd also submit to you that 15 people is kind of a ridiculous crew size for a short film (or even a micro-budget feature, frankly). Direct and DP yourself, find a friend who can competently and consistently hold your boom, and use any actors who aren't in the scene at the moment as grips to hold reflectors or whatever else you may need at the moment. You can make do with what you have and still make a great short film. Don't let a lack of a crew stop you from making things.

August 25, 2017 at 1:29PM

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David West
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