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February 2 at 1:05pm

Ten Things We Should All Do On Our Productions

By Ted Hope

1. Be a mentor to someone. This is more than just hiring interns. It is about really educating someone, giving them access to experience.
2. Do something “the better way” instead of the easy way. We make ethical excuses in order to say money, but we need to focus on the big picture.
Avoid 15 Passenger Vans as they are the most dangerous vehicle on the road.
Provide housing when someone has worked an excessive day.
Recycle bottles and cans.
Print less. Use less paper.
Email Call Sheets
Provide production packages (shooting schedules, breakdowns, lists, etc.) on line.
Crew Lists as Address Cards so they can instantly be in one’s phone.
3. Remember that everyone is first and foremost a human being and not just a worker drone.
Learn everyone’s name and what they like to do. Remember that everyone is working together.

Help them stay in contact and participating in the world around them: provide news updates at Craft Service; provide absentee ballots during election periods; encourage petitions for favorite causes;
4. Keep the crew updated as to the progress of the production — through post and release.
Recognize they make the movie; treat them as partners.
Via email updates during post and release.
5. How can you have the movie actually help improve the world?
Can you generate charitable items that could raise money? Can you collect signatures on petitions for particular causes? Can you educate your cast and crew? What can you do with the completed work that will make this a better place?
6. Can you help out another filmmaker with your film? Invite another artist to film a doc about the process.
7. Stay focused on what the movie needs and don’t get distracted by the thrill of 100 new friends.
8. Show your appreciation. Feel it. You wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for your cast, crew, and financiers.
9. Think health & saftety. Provide healthy food all the time. Have a medic on set, even if not required.
10. Follow the 20 New Rules Prior to Production so that your film might have a chance in this hyper-competitive marketplace.
Fine print: I try and set the bar high. I can’t say I always succeed myself.

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  1. Ryan Colucci / Feb 2 at 1:05pm

    Good list, although I'd move number 3 to number 1.

    Which one did you miss on 'Super'?

  2. helenavilaplana / Feb 2 at 1:05pm

    This works for me:

    11. Before the start, write down in your cell phone why are you joining that project and what do you want to improve from past projects. Check it often during production! Don't loose your global aim with the daily details.

  3. Pam / Feb 2 at 1:05pm

    A good way to help local charities is to let them auction off a set visit to help them raise money for their organization. Also good with Make a Wish kids, lots want to visit a movie set. This is something our industry can do to give back.

  4. andrew patterson / Feb 2 at 1:05pm

    I want to work with you!!! I love that, it would change and inspire the atmosphere of the set. Seriously I believe you would see fruit of this in action. I would also offer a period of stretching in there without being looked at oddly. Group stretching from being on your feet 16 hours. Thanks I enjoyed seeing that I’m not alone in feeling this way

  5. Timothy W. Schroyer / Feb 2 at 1:05pm

    Thank you for this post. I am a new producer about to embark on the first of 3 shorts this year. I am always trying to learn how to do things better. I already have a belief in taking care of your people so it was nice to see that there are others out there with the same philosophy. This post did give me some good Ideas on how to take care of my people better. I also really like the idea of inviting other artist and filmmakers to be involved. It is a brilliant idea to have a doc shot about your film. Huge marketing tool.

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