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If you’ve ever been on a film set, you know there’s a good amount of jargon and a lot to be mindful of. Chances are there have been times when you’ve heard terms that you’re unfamiliar with, or maybe you haven’t been exactly sure about how to conduct yourself (and maybe ended up making an inadvertent faux pas). But in this video, Marc A. Hutchins of Alexander Films will show you what you need to know regarding common terminology and proper etiquette on film sets. Whether you’re just starting out in film or feel you need to brush up on the basics before you walk on set, this is essential viewing. More »

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If you’re just starting out, or even an intermediate, you might be wondering why some people might get chosen for jobs over you even though you might have more experience. There could be lots of reason (and often it has to do with familiarity with the person that is ultimately chosen), but Adam Everett Miller, the editor for Aetuts+, sits down and goes over 5 reasons why a professional might be reluctant to want to work with you — or in his words, “5 Things That Tell Me You’re Not a Professional.” More »

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Being able to properly wrap or wrangle a cable is one of the most essential skills you can learn if you haven’t been on a set before (assuming you do want to work in one of the positions in film that might actually involve being on set). While most people end up learning the hard way (by doing it wrong), you can get a head-start by watching the video embedded below and practicing on some cable you have sitting around your house. More »

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We talk a lot about specific crew positions at times, but if you’re just starting out, it’s hard to get a sense of what many of these people do unless you can see them in action. Thanks to Evan Luzi at The Black and Blue, you can check out this video he posted showing the major departments and some of their crew positions. These positions can vary slightly depending on the country you’re in, but for the most part, this is what you’ll encounter on pretty much any organized set. More »

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There are many out there shooting on DSLRs for the first time and learning the ropes as a one-man/woman band. But if you’re interested in filmmaking as a career, you’re going to be working with a crew on a set at some point in your life. Many of the professionals that read this site can probably remember how little they knew the first time they stepped on a real set, but if you’re still in school or just learning about filmmaking, here are 7 rookie mistakes to avoid your first time on set. More »

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French filmmaker Eric Bernaud has posted a short video on how he turned his garage into a prison set. When I see these kinds of DIY construction projects I always regret how little space is available in New York City, but you take the bad with the good I suppose. The walls Eric constructs could even be put to use as wild walls, in order to pull the camera back further and obviate the need for such wide-angle lenses as seen in the video (though with DSLRs and RED cameras nowadays, the depth of the camera is less of an issue than it used to be). Here’s his BTS: More »