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:
- 1st AD mentors both 2nd ADs
- 1st AC mentors both 2nd ACs
- Key Grip mentors both BBGs
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 will take place on the set in Stage A.
BFA3 will complete the Crew Drill grid together as a class. There are 8 BFA3 positions for each drill. This will give each of you an opportunity to mentor the BFA2 and get to know them better. This also gives you a chance to get your hands on the gear again to reignite that muscle memory.
BFA2 will work the 3 positions (2D, 2C, BG) in pairs. One of the 2Ds and one of the 2Cs will start off as Actors for the first half of the drill. Then they will swap, and the other 2D & 2C will be the Actors. The BGs will remain working in pairs during the entire drill.
The production will have 2.5 hours to unload the van, block, rehearse, build, shoot, and wrap.
Plan on having 6 total setups. Once you have shot the first 3 setups with the first 2D/2C Actors, swap them with the other 2D/2C Actors. Have the Director modify the blocking, the 2C lay down new marks, and then reshoot the scene with the other 3 setups.
- 1st New Deal 0:10
- Camera on set 0:30
- Lighting complete 0:40
- Start Shooting 0:45
- Swap Actors with other 2D/2C pair 1:10
- 2nd New Deal 1:20
- Camera Wrap 2:00
- Company Wrap 2:30