3.1 – Why is teamwork important when working on a film production?
Teamwork is extremely important when it comes to working on a film production. If there is bad teamwork, it would be counterproductive, and most likely, the film will not succeed. Communication is something key for teamwork. If there is no communication, or people of the team aren’t working together, time is going to be lost, and as time is money in the film industry, this would be a major waste. If no one is aware of what they need to do and by when, the production of the film won’t be organised. In a nutshell, team-work is key, and without teamwork, there would be no profit in film, nor would there be good films either.
How did you develop good working relationships with your crew members? Give examples
Before the production of the two short films I worked on, I met the team that I was going to be working with. We had our introductions, and we communicated with our team mates. We then had a production meeting where we discussed what was happening, the directors views, and so on. In the short film ‘Good Food’ I worked with the director as the script supervisor, and made sure, (especially because there were improvisation scenes) to make sure all the shots looked and were the same for continuity. I had to be constantly aware of everything going on, and by communicating with the director and the director of photography, I was able to form good working relationships.
Similarly, in the short film ‘The End’, as I was the sound designer and mixer, I worked closely with the boom operator Dora. We communicated with each other, and worked well together as a team, even though we had barely known each other before. We formed a good working relationship, and were able to record some very good sound on a very heavily dialogue based script. Moreover, I am also the editor on this short film. I have to work with the Director in achieving her vision of the film. We had to work well together and listen to each other’s ideas to edit the first cut.
Were there any problems you needed to overcome?
In our recording studio (for ‘The End’), there were a few difficulties. We had a very noisy pigeon, and people in the building moving furniture around. In addition to these background noises, I had to mix the audio of the very dialogue heavy based script and that also included screaming. To overcome these problems we had to listen closely and remember when these noises were during the takes, and we therefore recorded ‘pick-ups’ to ensure we had enough good quality audio for our editor, who also happened to be me.
3.2 – What qualities are needed to work well with others on a film production?
In order to work well with others on a film production, everyone must possesss certain qualities, like communication. Communication is preeminent when it comes to team work, to work well with each other one needs to communicate with others so that everyone is aware of what is needed to be done.
As well as this, other qualities include: determination, passion, perseverance and work ethic, as filming can be very demanding and challenging at times, and things need to be done on time and to schedule. This brings me on to time management and organisation, for example, having a well written time-table, (schedule, shot lists etc.) as this allows everyone on the crew to have an understanding of what needs to be done on the day, and gives everyone an idea of how long everything will take.
Lastly, it is extremely important to have respect and (sometimes) be assertive. In order to work well with others, you have to treat them nicely, and respect what they have to say. Of course, at times you may need to be a bit more direct, especially on set when you have deadlines and can be short on time. If you and your team have mutual respect for each other, it is an extremely good base for building good working relationships.