Continuing the countdown to the premiere of DEADBEAT, tomorrow, Wednesday April 9th, on HULU. Behind the scenes shot by Chris Kaz. Overnight shoot with @dakotafilms @tforrestdop @dansullivanfilm and lots of fun toys. #bts #deadbeatnyc #hulu #deadbeatseries #deadbeat #behindthescenes #film #filmfeed #filmmaking #1stad #assistantdirector #setlife #vsco #vscocam #vscogood #bnw #sixteenbynine
'JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD' Official Trailer Release
Very happy to finally see some footage from this wonderful film. We shot it almost a year ago to the day.
Director: Carter Smith Screenwriter: Carter Smith Producers: Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray, Jacob Jaffke, Omri Bezalel, Carter Smith Cinematographer: Darren Lew Editor: Eric Nagy Production Designer: Amy Williams Makeup Designer: Mike Potter Composer: François-Eudes Chanfrault
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You are my people. You are my audience. You are who I write for.
Thank you so much for your letter, it truly means a lot.
I didn’t go to film school either, but in this industry film school can be somewhat of a lesser advantage than real on-set experience. I wish there was a source for me to read about what it was like to be in the industry while I was first starting out—and that’s why I write. For people like you.
Thanks again for your letter, and thanks for reading.
Now get back to set.
~Movin’ On, New Deal
"I’ll keep this brief. THANK YOU for blogging and sharing. I found your site whilst researching deeper in to the DGA training program. To someone such as myself who didn’t go to film school and is still trying to figure out what department to go towards; your wisdom is inspiring. Thank you for sharing in the midst of your crazy schedule. I and the countless others I’ll be sharing your blogs with are eternally grateful. It keeps us impassioned when all else says to go an easier, less competitive, more sleep privileged route. "
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Can you tell catering to pick out the onions?
Why can’t you print out my check in the AD trailer?
Can you validate my parking?
Why don’t you like it when I leave you 4 voicemails?
Can you tell the production…
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If you work in film, you know that going away to do a feature feels like you’re going to war. And, I feel very fortunate to know these are the people that have my back while I’m trying to make our days on the front lines. Couldn’t ask for a better support system/production team. You gals know what’s up. @dmichellec82 @mimtown @mayerking #setlife #1stAD #production #filmmaking #bts #behindthescenes
Q:Do first ADs work with the actors?
Hey there, and thanks for reading.
First Assistant Directors absolutely work with actors, along with many other members of a film crew, and I’d even venture to say it’s a pre-requisite for the job.
On set, the First AD usually gives small direction to the actors from the director (depending on your director). These notes could be anything from blocking adjustments to small technical notes, or, if the director is comfortable with you as a 1st, then even minor acting notes. Something to keep in mind is that sometimes the Director is by a monitor 50 feet away from the actual cameras, so I’ll put my 2nd 2nd AD or my Key PA near the Director and monitors so that he/she can relay notes.
When you say “work with actors”, I’m assuming you mean work with them in a creative, collaborative, and directorial capacity on set, as in, directly interacting with them. The reason I’d like to distinguish here, is that many other departments work with actors in other capacities as well, and it should be noted that being able to work with, and productively interact, with actors (and everyone on a film set, for that matter), even famous “A-Listers”, is an important part of working in the industry in general, not just in the AD/Directorial Dept.
The Wardrobe Department works with actors.
The Hair/Make-Up Department works with actors.
The Sound Department works with actors.
The Camera Department works with actors.
The Art Department and Props works with actors.
Producers work with actors.
PAs (Production Assistants) work with actors.
Nearly every on-set department/position works with actors, and the best thing you can try and remember is that they are regular people, and should be treated with respect and general courtesy.
With one exception…
Unlike anyone else’s job on a film set, they have been asked to be the most emotionally vulnerable version of themselves that they can possibly be so that they can bring their current character to life. And, whether they’re a method actor who takes their character to extremes, or an actor that can just be themselves, always try to keep in mind that as an actor, they are being asked to display a very private part of themselves to the world, and that can easily put someone on an emotional edge. Unfortunately, it’s just an unwritten part of their job description.
Sometimes they will be edgy or cranky, but just keep in mind that maybe it’s because they just re-created in their mind what it would be like if they had to murder their entire family…and their family dog…on Christmas…using their family Christmas tree as a weapon…and then had to laugh about it…because that’s what it said they had to do in the script.
You can tell of my appreciation for actors and their craft by how-long winded that was, so now back to the original question.
Do First ADs work with actors?
Yes. Yes we do. And, the more I get to work with them the more I come to respect what they are able to conjure, on a daily basis, what it would take some of us a lifetime of self-exploration to manifest.
Thanks again for reading, and thanks for your question.
Now get back to set,
~Movin On, New Deal
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