In this installment, we take a look at the intimidating pack of know-it-alls who live, breathe and eat film.
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As you’ve seen in our previous installments the production departments and the art and designed departments of a film set can been seen to function as its metaphorical brain and heart. Organizing the films production and helping to create the world in which the film story takes place. Of all of the arts film making is the most collaborative while it is and expressive and creative enterprise. It’s also a technically complicated and expensive art form. One that calls for personnel who are able to interpret the director’s vision and provide the appropriate technical solution.
Film technicians know how to use they're specific set of tools to light a scene or move the camera or capture the actors dialog in any conditions. This are the people that perform the actual film making, this technicians are the hands of the film set. As ever the director’s required to think about what sort of mood or visual style they’d like to see the film take on, the director has the help of the assistant director in terms of logistically planning out and executing a technically complicated shot. But ultimately the director discuses they're visualize ideas with the biggest technical expert of all, the director of the photography, the DOP or the cinematographer.
Now, days this terms are often interchangeable but sometimes referred to a regional differences, North Americans States DOP or all your state cinematographer. Another difference is that the DOP will usually not actually operate a camera, instead leaving that to a camera operator. While the cinematographer will often late and operate.
The DOP’s job is to make sure that all the technical aspects of this project will perform on a desired manner. The DOP interprets the director’s description of the film if it was visual style and then makes decisions about film stoke, lenses, lights, as tall, as great and etcetera. And draft and equipment wish list, ones production begins more personnel are called into action. First the DOP puts their camera crew together consisting of the four mentioned camera op and their to assistance. The first camera assistant who is in charge of focusing the camera and has does also known as a focused bar. And the second camera system, who is like an assistant to the first assistant. Second assistant is also usually the one to the film or stock into the camera and marked each take with the clap report, which is why they're known sometimes as a clapper loader.
Also important is the lighting or electrical department, the head of this department is the gather who work closely with the DOP to determine where and what kind of lighting is needed for any given shot. The gopher’s right hand is called the best boy, who active bit like a team leader and can be trusted to make any lighting decisions on the absences of the gopher.
Since the electrical department is also responsible for any in all power used on the set a location the gopher is usually held by the dude or lady that runs the generator, who is the gene ar. And rounding up this crew are numerous other lighting technicians all of them can be referred to as the electrics or sparks. Besides setting up lights and power, they're always a need for some hands on adjusting of special equipment in rigging on set. The grip department handles these tasks and they are led by the key grip who works closely behind the scenes with the DOP and the gopher to determine the need for things like green screens or glass.
Any special flags or jells, any dolly requirements, and any scar folding that might be needed for the shoot. Like the gopher the key grip also has a best boy at they're side, who helps facilitate the grip departments responsibilities, similar of which are quite specific. For instance at the DOP chooses to mount the camera on the dolly then, the dolly grip is responsible for moving the dolly both during the shot and between takes. But really the rest of the grips are multi skilled professionals ready to take on any challenge that they face day to day.
They also smoke a lot of cigarettes. Besides the technical needs required to capture the picture, the shooting of a film also calls for a sound recorders. There isn't a lot of leeway for the sound recorders to get fancy for when they record sound on set they're main and only concern is to record it clearly and loudly enough that’s it. But it’s not always that cut and dry because there are million different situations in which chapter can perform dialog, which calls for a million different solutions.
So the sound recorders need to be able to think on their feet and get creative when they go and gets tough. They in list the help of a boom operator, but most often can be seen in your microphone at the source of sound without entering the frame, hopefully. The boom operator allows the sound recorders to concentrate on the recording device. Adjusting the levels and list look for any potential problems that might call for another day, this technicians often work closely with each other and usually are hired as a team. The DOP will often use the same grips electrics and cameras as if they always do, as they may have developed a trusting working relationship.
The sound recorder and boom operator are usually and inseparable duo as well in many cases the former mentors the ladder. All in all this technicians, the hands that actually craft the final product are the concept and professionals of a films, the ones who know they're staff go and do the job and get out. They're expertise and dedications to the craft can save the production time and money which is also a good thing. In our last installment, we’ll discuss the specialist, the mercenaries, and the ones with the hard-declassified talents necessary for the production of sum but not all films. And those who often get over looked because they're role isn't as glamorous as some others. Join us for part of the four of the anatomy of a film set.