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Film sets are not all action, you’ll spend lots of time waiting around. Here’s my top 5 tips for making use of that down time. Crew Portraits – As I first discussed in TT 11, just about everyone on a film set will want some photographic record of where they have spent the majority of...


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  • Minto ThorsenApril 29, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Have to thank you so much for your blog. I cannot tell you how helpful it has been. I have shot a number of student productions for theater and several video shoots but never a film production. This is a shoot with more seasoned film pros, working for fun on the 48 Hour Film Festival in Washington DC, where a short film is produced–soup to nuts- in 48 hours. I’ll be using a Nikon D7100, and have a 28-70, f2.8. a 70-200, f2.8, and a 35, f1.8. I have a prime 85 but perhaps it’s redundant. I’m expecting to go in without flash at a high ISO. No one knows subject, location or conditions until the starting “Go!” I’m going through your blog as fast as I can to fill in what holes I can, knowing that “Don’t get in the way” is #1. Any other critical stuff to flat out not forget in a situation like mine?

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  • PSbyAYJune 7, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Slightly, late reply I’m sorry! Congratulations on your first gig! Definitely take your 85mm prime, film sets can get very dark leaving your 2.8 zooms a little slow for the lighting conditions. I hope you had fun!

  • Dan AndersonJune 25, 2017 - 9:49 pm

    I just want to say thank you for this great website.  I wish I had found this resource a little earlier in my career.  I started shooting set stills about 4 years ago in addition to my editorial and corporate I had worked on for 10 years.  I had to figure out a lot as I went along but this website has given me some pointers.  Again, thank you for this service.