Film Production Jobs: The real ‘scene’ is on the film set

There are many interesting film jobs in Hollywood.  I think that the best way to give you a feel for these jobs is to take you to the film set and describe what happens as if you were there. Today’s shoot, for a high end athletic shoe, started out at a high school close to Compton. Compton is gang central in LA. The projects literally surrounded us. We had security guards and were working within the fenced school grounds, so it was fine. As I drove into the parking lot, I saw some big guys dressed in basketball uniforms having breakfast.   Some of these guys had great physiques and could pass for NBA players. But I knew they were movie extras. You’d never see a NBA player hanging out in…

Film Jobs in Hollywood – Riding dragons, flying through the air

Today we’re doing a commercial for a video game. I want to give you an idea of what it’s like doing film  jobs when you’re doing special effects.  It’s really like any other day, except there are green screens and other cool film equipment. We’re shooting on a quiet residential street and we’ve taken over the whole street with enormous lights, props, carts and stands. As you look down the street you see a long line of cube trucks which belong to the art department, props, camera, grip, electric.  Further down the road there’s 2 motor homes.   One houses the production offices, the hair, make up and wardrobe rooms. And the 2nd motor home is made up of little rooms for the talent to relax and rehearse their lines. The…