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#1 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 01:48 PM

Well, this is odd.

 

Over the last few days I've been putting together a single day of shooting on a short film and I have been approached by some very high end crew to work on it, including a gaffer, pyrotechnician and a very experienced first assistant director, all of whom have worked on things we've all seen big posters for.

 

Needless to say my reaction was to end the conversation absolutely as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassing us both - none of these people likely to be compatible with the sort of no-budget stuff I'm usually involved with at that level, and clearly some sort of miscommunication had taken place. I have no idea what the vector for this might be and it makes me shudder to think who might be trying to mess me about. But they still had to call me - good grief! Is there really that little going on? I thought the big UK studios were full of American shows right now!

 

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#2 Miguel Angel

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 04:09 PM

Phil, 

 

Maybe those people are interested in creating new connections within the industry. 

Maybe they want to experiment with new things and the only way for them to do so is by shooting different things. 

 

The best people I have worked with have the best people they can get around them :) 

Do they know the budget of your short - film? if they do, then why don't you let them enter the project? You might be super surprised! :) 

 

Have a lovely day back in London! 


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#3 JD Hartman

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:34 PM

Sometimes if work is slow in your neck of the woods, you just want to do something to keep busy.  Sometimes something in the script just touches you.


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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:49 PM

Believe me, it's never that slow. Ordinarily I wouldn't expect a production on this level to even have an AD or gaffer.


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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 11:03 PM

What's that saying about gift horses and mouths? ;)

Maybe your script really is that good. People do pay you to write stuff on a regular basis after all. Good luck with your film, Phil.
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:08 PM

People are tending to begin to respect you and want to work with you, Phil. It's a pain we all must eventually deal with. Take 'em on; find out their favorite drink of choice, and buy them a bottle as a personal thank you on top of rate and most importantly, smile.--- well ok-- maybe you shouldn't smile.


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#7 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:55 PM

Adrian, you make me laugh!  :D


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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:57 PM

How do you think I get work? I just get the producer's laughing so they think the contract I hand them is part of the joke.


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#9 Miguel Angel

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:19 PM

That's a very good one
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#10 Michael LaVoie

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:18 PM

A great career 1st A.D. will have no trouble attaching a good crew.  It's the first position I'm always asking producers and directors to hire.  


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:22 PM

True of false:  1st AD gets a bonus payment based on how much money he saves in production costs vs. the budgeted amount.  Or is it not that simple. 


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#12 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 01:55 AM

I gather line producers can get one, never heard of 1st ADs getting such a bonus. Of course, that doesn't mean to say they don't.


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