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Keep Continuity in Check: How to Become a Script Supervisor

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Depending on who you ask, the script supervisor is the savior of any production or a nagging pain in the butt who slows down production and ruins amazing takes.Both are true.If you have a close attention to detail, take amazing notes, and see the bigger picture, then script supervisor might be the perfect job for you.WHAT IS A SCRIPT SUPERVISOR?Back in the day, script supervisors were called...

How to Get Started in Hair and Makeup in Film and Television

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Hair and makeup are a vitally important part of the filmmaking process, even if it’s not always obvious.Even when they aren’t painting actors to look like aliens, hair stylists and makeup artist help the director tell stories about characters and help the cinematographer make their vision a reality. Whether you’re fresh out of cosmetology school or just starting out with dreams of a Best Makeup...

Gothic Mansions and Alien Planets: How to Become a Working Production Designer

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Without the production designer, actors would not have worlds to inhabit.A future that looks disturbingly close to our own. An impossible cube of deadly traps. Period perfect Victorian London.A far off land of dragons and wizards, or a modern day Los Angeles where people spontaneously break into song.Learn more about how production designers do their magic, and how you to can build worlds.What is...

How to Become a Working Casting Director and Connect with Talent

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What usually separates a student film from professional production is the actors aren’t paid in pizza. Making a career in film in television, you can’t rely on friends of friends, you have to have a great casting director.But what do they do?  And what separates a great casting director from the rest?If you want to learn how to become a casting director, or just curious how much a casting...

Wounds and Monsters: How to Become a Special Effects Makeup Artist

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Did you ever look at “Dawn of the Dead” or Jason Voreehees and thought “I want to do that.” Did you have posters of special effects makeup artist luminaries Rick Baker and Tom Savini up in your bedroom? If so, perhaps you should consider a career in special effects makeup, the men and women behind Hollywood’s wounds, aliens, and monsters. What is a Special Effects Makeup Artist?Special effects...

How to Climb from Best Boy to a Key Grip Position

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The stereotypical image of a key grip is a plainspoken on-set handyman (or woman), a c-wrench never far from their belt. Maybe that’s you.Maybe you want to buck the image. Maybe you don’t know exactly what a key grip is, but you love tools and movies.Here’s how you join the grip crew and become a key grip.LET’S DEFINE KEY GRIP“Key Grip”, like “gaffer,” is one of those Hollywood terms that raises...

Let There Be Light: How to Become a Working Cinematographer

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Aside from the director and the stars themselves, the cinematographer is one of the most sought after jobs on set.Also known as the director of photography, many a young film student sees their command of light and lens and wonders how they could one day get there. Not just in their backyards with their friends. But on the big screen.Here’s how to become a real, working cinematographer.How to...

Quiet on the Set! How to Land a Production Sound Mixer Job

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When a film has great sound, you never notice it.  When a film has terrible sound, you can’t notice anything else. The production sound mixer, is the responsible for making sure that never happens.They lay the foundation for future sound technicians to make the film’s sound come to life.Want to be the person under those headphones?The Sound Mixer Job Description A production sound mixer at...

How to Work as a Film Colorist and Actually Make Some Green

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Those outside the post-production flow might not have any idea what a colorist does. Those who do know that they’ve been bringing the world on the big screen come to life since Technicolor.Whether you’re working at a post-production house and looking to move up or you’re just getting started coloring your pictures at home: here’s how you become a Hollywood colorist.Color Grading vs Color...

How to Become a Killer First Assistant Director

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On a ship, the Captain sets the course, and the First Officer makes it happen. On a set, the director sets the vision, and the first assistant director ( shortened to 1st assistant director, “first AD”, or “1st AD”) turns his dreams into reality. If you want to learn how to become a first assistant director and get a chance to yell “rolling sound”? This is what you need to know.What is the...

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