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How to Become a Unit Production Manager: The Art of Saying No

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As the saying goes: “The second word in show business is business. It’s not something filmmakers like to think about, but a unit production manager knows that equipment costs money. Those brilliant artists? They expect to get paid. Even if it’s a “passion project,” you have to keep a close budget, because resources aren’t unlimited. If you like keeping people on track, if you...

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...

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...

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...

How to Become a Line Producer: The Little Known Dream Job

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It can be hard to answer the question: what does a line producer do exactly? A producer’s definition can vary—some may be financiers, others bring the project together, another may own the rights to the underlying property.But the line producer has a very specific job - to be a professional logistics master.Let’s dive in.SO WHAT IS A LINE PRODUCER EXACTLY?Have you ever traveled with a group of...

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