February 8, 2016 at 11:54AM
Nutrition for film makers.
So I've been thinking about this for a few months now and doing some research and I've not found much, however I thought about asking you guys, with the hope of getting replies;
Whilst on set, are you guys concerned with your nutrition, what you're going to put into your body on the break which will eventually come, or do you fall into the category of "What ever they provide I will eat when it's given to me if the work is done"?
I'm not one for screaming in a pre-pubescent broken voice through my steamed glasses "HEY IT'S 3 O CLOCK WE'RE 30 SECONDS LATE FOR OUR BREAK" By any means, I, like everyone here, have worked through breaks or only taken 5 minutes in a 12 hour day, the only thing I've ever been extremely hot on is really drinking enough fluids, until recently.
Understanding what I'm eating, what's inside it and how to keep my concentration at 110% percent for hours on end without needing a break because I've eaten and drunk properly.
For example now, I will always have 1 pint of water for breakfast, 3 bits of toast with dairy free butter on top and peanut butter, a banana, orange and maybe an apple, and then also a smoothie with 2 bananas in, some kale, raspberries and blueberries.
This sets you on a great start ensuring you're fueled for a long, LONG time.
I get the feeling a lot of people ignore what their body needs (despite how they feel) and will ignore simple nutrition 9 times out of 10 because either they don't feel like they need it or it gets in the way of the film when in reality, setting yourself up properly and bringing food to set or ensuring you simply drink enough water can in-fact change how much you can do in a day and how you work.
Of course this all being said, this doesn't ever get in the way of the film I am working on, I simply just prepare before hand, put in my requests for dietary needs and ensure I'm set up for the day ahead. I'll eat when the break is given to me and I will always have a drink (In a bottle that has been checked more times than I've changed my underwear that it doesn't leak) to hand.
I'm just interested in what other film makers think of their nutrition and bodies whilst on set, if you guys are at all bothered by what you consume and how it impacts your body, or wether this is something you plan into your film to ensure you're properly fueled.
Just don't forget;
Without proper fuel you cannot perform 110%!