Crew Drills (BTH)

The purpose of the crew drills is to practice working in each of the crew positions. (Don’t get too caught up on trying to make the “perfect” scene. Keep it really simple.) BFA3 department heads mentor those in their department, as follows:

  • PR mentors 2D & SS
  • PD mentors AR
  • 1C mentors 2C
  • KY mentors BG

Food will not be provided, so make sure you plan accordingly. You have a 1-hour lunch break, so either bring your own lunch or plan to go out nearby. Just make sure you’re back in time.

Crew drills for all shows must take place either as an interior on the set in Stage B or as an exterior on the Backlot. No other shooting locations are permitted.

Crew responsibilities

Producer

Pre-Production

  • Have the 2nd AD prepare all paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below).
  • Have the 2nd AD send out a Call Sheet and Map by 8:00pm the day before the drill; include Safety Bulletin if applicable.
    • Format email subject as follows: “01bth-Film Title – Call Sheet – Crew Drill”
    • Email to Faculty: y5r6u2w3i1h0c8m4@fsu-cmpa.slack.com
    • Email to Cast & Crew
  • Have 1st AD & DP prepare Setup Schedule w/ 1 master and 4 coverage setups.

Production

  • The production will have 2 hours to unload the van, block, rehearse, build, shoot, and wrap.
  • The Producer will mentor the 2nd AD and SS on set.

Post-Production

  • Have the 2nd AD collect and organize the paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents list (see below).
  • Collect the media cards (SSD & CF) from the 2nd AD. Deliver the cards along with the Camera & Sound Reports to the designated cubby in the Post Hall while company wrap is in progress.
  • Have the 2nd AD complete the Daily Production Report (DPR) and email as a PDF by 11:00pm that day.
    • Format email subject as follows: “01bth-Film Title – DPR – Crew Drill”
    • Email to Faculty: x3i7c6r6s9u9v5r4@fsu-cmpa.slack.com
Director

Pre-Production

  • Send your Producer a PDF of your Crew Drill Script.
  • You will use a scene (or part of a scene) from your BTH script for this crew drill. The script must meet the following criteria (make up a crew drill version if necessary):
    • Must be no less than 1 full page, and no more than 2 pages in length
    • Must only have 2 characters (no more, no less)
    • Must have dialog (so the Sound Mixer can practice recording it)
    • Keep it simple (no stunts, weapons, complicated SFX, etc.)
  • Cast actors to play the characters in your script.
  • Discuss the shot design with your DP.

Production

  • At the beginning of the shift, briefly block with your actors on the set (keep it simple).
  • During the New Deal, have the actors demonstrate the blocking for the crew.
  • Direct your actors in the scene.
Production Designer

Pre-Production

  • Discuss the production design with your Director (keep it simple).
  • Acquire props, wardrobe, etc (only if absolutely necessary).

Production

  • Dress the set, provide props & wardrobe if necessary.
  • Mentor the Art Director
Director of Photography

Pre-Production

  • Discuss the shot design with your Director.
  • Create a Setup Schedule with the 1st AD w/ 1 master and 4 coverage setups.

Production

  • Communicate the setups to the crew.
  • Manage the Camera, Grip & Electric Departments.
1st Assistant Director

Pre-Production

  • Create a Setup Schedule with the DP w/ 1 master and 4 coverage set-ups.

Production

  • As soon as you get your walkie and clock in, go to the set and stay there.
  • At call time, have a Safety Meeting with the entire crew to communicate an emergency plan, location hazards and any production safety concerns. Complete the Safety Meeting Report
  • Run the set, making sure the crew is working safely and efficiently. The production will have 2 hours to unload the van, block, rehearse, build, shoot, and wrap.
    • New Deal 0:15
    • Camera on set 0:35
    • Lighting complete 0:55
    • Start Shooting 1:00
    • Camera Wrap 1:30
    • Company Wrap 2:00
  • Keep track of your time using the Setup Schedule you created.
2nd Assistant Director

Pre-Production

  • Work with the Producer to prepare all paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below).
  • Work with the Producer to send out a Call Sheet and Map by 8:00pm the day before the drill; include Safety Bulletin if applicable.
    • Format email subject as follows: “01bth-Film Title – Call Sheet – Crew Drill”
    • Email to Faculty: y5r6u2w3i1h0c8m4@fsu-cmpa.slack.com
    • Email to Cast & Crew

Production

  • At the beginning of the shift:
    • Have crew sign in using the iPad timeclock.
    • Hand out walkies to department heads.
    • Give docs to Script Supervisor (Daily Continuity Progress Report, Daily Continuity Log, Left Hand Pages, Script), and 2nd AC (Camera Reports).
    • Have actors sign Cast Performance Agreements.
  • During the shift:
    • Remain at Base Camp, except to escort actors to/from set at 1st AD’s request.
    • Repeat 1st AD’s walkie shooting protocol to Base Camp (“Lock it up… going for picture… that’s a cut on picture… going again…”, etc.)
  • At the end of the shift:
    • Complete the Performers Production Time Report. Have the actors sign it.
    • Make sure Script Supe, 2nd AC, and Sound Mixer meet to verify reports, then collect their reports and media cards (SSD & CF Cards).
    • Have crew sign out using the iPad timeclock.
    • Collect walkies and put them back on charger.

Post-Production

  • Collect and organize the paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below). Give the paperwork and media cards to the Producer.
  • Complete the Daily Production Report (DPR) and email as a PDF by 11:00pm that day.
    • Format email subject as follows: “01bth-Film Title – DPR – Crew Drill”
    • Email to x3i7c6r6s9u9v5r4@fsu-cmpa.slack.com
All Other BTL

Production

  • Work with BFA3 mentors in your assigned positions.

Production documents

Below is the list of documents needed for the Crew Drills.