At one point in another, everyone is a "newbie" on a film set. Depending on the size of the crew and set, it can seem extremely intimidating.
But not to worry, here we are going to give you the top 3 tips from a director.
Hopefully you will feel more confident walking onto a set knowing these!
1. When you arrive on set report to the 1st Assistant Director.
Directors are very busy, the Assistant Director is there to make sure everyone is indeed on set, as well as help dedicate the directors time appropriately, so the director isn't dealing with the smaller things.
2. Any comments or questions to be directed to the Department Head.
Anything to do with camera's, goes to the DOP (Director of Photography), etc. For the most part, people who can give comments/questions to a director is the Assistant Director and DOP.
3. Wait for the Director to give YOU direction, as opposed to interrupting. You may think you know what the director is going to say, and go to start. If the director has changed there mind, and your off doing something else you may slow down the production. You may think they are forgetting something, but keep in mind the hundreds of notes a Director, Assistant Director, Continuity Supervisor, have written down. If you really think the director needs to know something, tell your department head or assistant director, they will pass the message along.
These might seem like self explanatory tips to some of those in the business, but they are very easy to forget and a big deal for directors. The director needs concentration, and to keep the vision in check. Department Heads and Assistants will 98% of the time be where you go to get some help.