& Pre-production - Before the cameras ever start rolling,
months of prep have occurred. Script revisions, location scouting,
casting, story boarding, scheduling... this can be the most
exciting and the most demanding period during the filmmaking
process. Film Co-Op encourages and provides an opportunity
for all members to participate at every stage of production.
Depending on your level of commitment, areas of experience,
investment and time availability, you can become a:
During production - On a typical film set actors sit for
hours at a time waiting for their time to shine in the limelight.
Crew members have duties spread sporadically throughout the
day. What does a make-up artist do once all the actors are
made up? What does the writer do once the scripts are locked?
competative pressures today we are forced into an age of multi-tasking.
We talk on the phone while driving in traffic. We have business
meetings over coffee or on airplanes. We prepare notes or
presentaions on our smart phones while standing in the cue
at a bank. The same applies to films. Low budget independent
productions are often completed by crews a percentage the
size of hollywood blockbusters. Each cast or crew member had
multiple functions and many responsibilities. Similar to Kaizen
(Japanese for "improvement") is a Japanese philosophy
that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects
of life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen activities
continually improve all functions of a business, from manufacturing
to management and from the CEO to the assembly line workers.
By improving standardized activities and processes, Kaizen
aims to eliminate waste (see Lean manufacturing). Kaizen was
first implemented in several Japanese businesses during the
country's recovery after World War II, including Toyota, and
has since spread to businesses throughout the world. The
success is due to the dedication and innovative participation
of cast and crew that do whatever it takes to see the film
through to completion.
like the Stone Soup fable. If each person in the village brings
an ingredient to the pot... a delicious feast will be created.
Even individuals with absolutely no experience in film or
the entertainment industry have resources and skills that
are crucial to fine film making.