What I’d give to travel in the past to the exact moment I stepped on a film set for the first time. As I walked through the set, there was a genuine feeling of fascination and the keen bite of anticipation and fear.
I remember how my mind surged with curiosity and filled with questions like a balloon.
Over the course of the shoot, I was given answers and my fears were quelled, but the memory of those first few days are still crisp as fresh lettuce. In particular, among the millions of other questions racing through my head, there was one that stuck out.
I couldn’t help but wonder: “What do all these people…do?”
On the Outside Looking In
From an outside perspective, where I had been, the film set is a strange world populated by a complex hierarchy of talented crew. Figuring out what’s going on can be an overwhelming prospect.
When that question was finally answered for me, my entire perspective of filmmaking changed. Suddenly those random names in the credits became personalized and finding out who does what helped me figure out how films get made.
But that first day, I needed something like a crew diagram to help me navigate through the set.
And now I’ve created my own.
Inspired by Oliver Stapleton’s idea of diagramming a production still, I’ve taken five photos from various sets and labeled each one for your entertainment — or education.
(Click to enlarge any of the photos)
1. Shooting Exteriors for a Short Film
2. The Set During Arrival Time
3. Scene with Dolly Track
4. During a scene on “Ghosts Don’t Exist”
5. On the Set of “Below the Beltway”
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