Filmmaking 101: Team roles you can consider when venturing into filmmaking

There’s a whole department of unpopular components that make up the cinematic vehicle and without them the production is doomed to crumble.

Remember that filmmaking is a collaborative effort. If you’re familiar with Hollywood, you might have noticed the hundreds, if not thousands, of people who make up the cast and crew of a single movie. It is to show that the chasm is wide enough to accommodate the multitude of the world’s problems.

So instead of beating yourself up for not being one of the brilliant crew members above, you can be one of them:

1. Master prop/person

Any object that an actor carries, touches, or interacts with as part of a scene is considered a prop. The props master, also known as the property master, is responsible for producing props for a shoot either by buying, renting, designing, or manufacturing.

Props can include things like phones, books, umbrellas, instruments, pens, dishes, food, guns, toys, and more.

2. Food Stylist

A food stylist for movies is the person who makes the food and drinks look appetizing throughout filming. It’s not as simple as it seems. It’s not just about setting the table with food and then dandruff. No.

A single scene can take hours to shoot, sometimes even days, so the food stylist’s job is to keep making sure the food is fresh and edible for all those takes. This is another area that we don’t really examine in today’s film world.

3. Getting started

Another crew member we may not know about is the handle. This is a technical person who crosses many departments of a film set. He is in charge of all technical adjustments and rigging. Gripping is also in charge of securing production equipment.

The handle works with light designers to help refine or shape the angles of lights to create a desired pattern.

4. Gunsmith

A gunsmith is a role similar to a pyrotechnician, but it focuses solely on supplying weapons for a film set. Typically, they mostly have a background in law enforcement, the military, or must have poor professional training in the handling of weapons.

5. Bumbling

He’s the head of the lighting team on a film set. He works hand in hand with the production designer and more specifically the director of photography to design a lighting plan for a particular scene, location or setting.

Gaffer works with the handle and the other crew members to complete the created lighting plan