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1st Dec 2017
The “crew” is a collective noun that wields a whole lot of power for actors. It refers to just about everyone on a set not on the creative side of things, meaning those responsible for making the actors look, sound, and perform at their best. With stakes like that, it would probably help to know how best to work with them, right? Here, Backstage Experts and real-life crew members weigh in on what all actors should know.
When the actor isn’t working, that means the crew is.
“There are 1,001 things on set that can injure you if you are not paying attention. When a grip yells, ‘Make a hole!’ or ‘Points!’ they're saying it for your safety so you don't take a piece of dolly track or a c-stand to the face. Dental work is expensive. Also, doorways and entrances/exits are not good places to stand and have a conversation. When you're not acting or working, we are. Be courteous and step out of the way so we can do our jobs.” —David A. Hoffman, key grip
You better know what “hot points” are—and watch out for them.
“This is a safety term used by grips to let those nearby know they are carrying some equipment, like a light stand for example with its tip pointing forward. It can also mean some heavy equipment in the vicinity that could be harmful or dangerous.” —Sevier Crespo, producer
Actors and crew are all equals.
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