Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cast & Crew Respect/AF Tip of the Day

A friend of mine sent me a note recently.

She was in a low budget movie, for free like everyone else, and after production had been completed for a couple months, she tried to get hold of the writer/director so she could find out how things were going. After a few weeks he sent her a short note not really saying anything. She was curious about her role and a few other things so she kept trying to make contact. The upshot is he rarely has communicated with anyone on either the cast or the crew and they are all wondering what's going on.

When you make a film and have people working for nothing, keep in touch with them! How tough is it to send an email out letting people know what's going on? You put together an e-mail list of the people who helped you out and once a month or so, send out a note saying this is where we are as far as the movie. Even if there is not much to report.

I keep saying the same things over and over. Treat your cast and crew with the respect that you would like to have shown to you. How tough is that? These people worked hard to help make your vision a reality and you can't drop them a note or return a phone call every now and again? Who the fuck do you think you are? Without your cast or crew you're nothing. Return calls and messages from your cast and crew.

And now, your AF Tip of the Day.

Treat your cast and crew right, and they'll work hard for you. - - from The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide (coming in 2008)


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