I have a few question. Can anybody help me PLEASE ?
question ( this question refer to tv and film set)
1) i have a question who should i ask? what should i do if director are busy but i have a question?
- question about makeup ( concept )
- question about direction of shoot ( example : they will be shooting on this part of actrss or not ) in my case they were shooting the back of the actress and i want to make sure wherethere or not they will shoot the front as well so i can get her touch up and fix her face)
2) what AD really do beside assist director? Will he work closer to us as a communicatiom between i and director?
3) i told AD to call me in for last look as i will be doing makeup in the other room while they rehersal and setting the light but he didnt call me... what should i do?
4) Do i nessesary to be on the set while they shooting the whole time? i dont want to bother them but i also dont want makeup to come out bad... Shiny ... etc? Where are you usually stand? watching monitor or just check in time to time are god enough.
5) while they are shooting ( one after the other take ) but makeup start to get shiny. Do i need to ask for touch up? what should i say? How often u usually touch up for a scene.
6) Please suggestion me if there is only one makeup artist but few people that need makeup to be done. How can i manage a time to do both makeup and be on the shooting room? i dont want them to wait for me for makeup to be done but i also i want to make sure makeup on another talent that they are shooting are good.
7) Is it ok to have a little shine on the face
8) for kid makeup. Do i need to use anything beside blush and lip? to keep they fresh
9) for men to make them look as natural. Should i use foundation or just a powder is good enough?
10) How do you do a dot for green screene? does it need to be level in both side right and left ( example : if they need a dot for 6 pack? what about a dot on the face for movement? )
11) Who usually hire you for job on movie and film? in my case was a producer? we agreed with only 5 makeup but then AD2 kept sent people in for me to do makeup and AD1 kept sent people for me to do hair ..... WHATS AD1/2 REALLY DO IN TERM OF INVOLE with us?
12) lady who hired me asking me a favor like ... Oh i know i didnt tell you this but can you do that? can you do this? which i dont mind help but i just want to think in term of business should i have a limit for myself and it it over then have to set a new price. OR should i do as a favor for a business relation ?
Sep 23 13 02:03 pm Link
Sep 23 13 05:00 pm Link
Thanks Anthony (makeup man) I am really appreciated this! I am new to the country and business here. im still learning and gain experience. Your answer is very helpful to me.
Sep 24 13 08:08 am Link
Sep 24 13 09:35 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
I don't disagree with anything Anthony said above, but just want to add to it.
It's clear from your questions that you are just beginning to work. There is a fine line that we dance on sets, especially film sets, between trying to please everyone and trying to do our jobs well. Often, because of circumstances (schedule, where the day's shots are happening, etc.), personalities, and those unexpected things that happen every day, we are forced to make decisions and choose things we might not choose if we were making our decisions simply based on wanting to do our jobs well. We just have to do the best job possible while pleasing people beginning with those at the top of the heap and working our way down. So making peace with that idea will help ground you.
YOUR personality on set will have the biggest impact on your work. Not your talent. Many talented artists are not hired because of this. If you can remain calm, focused, positive, energetic, etc. on even the crappiest days, you will keep working. It may not sound fair, but it's the way it is. The day WILL come when you will be torn to shreds by a director, actor, AD, producer, etc., perhaps for something that isn't your fault, and how you respond is very important. Focus on fixing the problem as quickly as you can.
Best tools in every artist's kit: humility and a sense of humor. Best of luck to you!
Sep 24 13 10:40 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
nothing to add just wanted to say that you asked really fantastic questions and anyone thinking about getting into the TV world should keep this post handy....
Sep 24 13 10:56 am Link
Sacramento, California, US
Pre-production meetings are very important. If there isn't one, you need to bring it up before the job date. It also will give you clues about how the crew interacts and what the power structure is like. Some directors like direct questions, others prefer the chain of command. That will also change depending on the crew as a whole.
The 1st AD determines the scene grouping, schedules the shoot dates, prepares the call sheets, everything that pulls the different departments and talent together.
You remind them quickly. Also, set awareness. You know you need to do last look. Occasionally take a quick check to see how close they are and be ready if they are almost ready. Eventually, over time, you get a better feel of how long the setup will take.
Every shot is different. Pre-production meeting and set awareness. You should be out of the way, but close enough to get in and out quick when needed. Near a monitor is nice, but you learn to know the lighting and the DP after a while.
If they are rushed for time and doing back to back takes, tricky. How bad is it? Is the natural light going away? Will it ruin the shot? Will there be a natural break in the work flow? Much easier on a controlled stage and slower work flow. It depends. Ask, and be quick.
Pre-production meeting (sound familiar?). Express concerns and plan the call times with AD. Multi-tasking and doing quick, good work is key.
Pre-production meeting. Understand the look needed. Ask questions there.
Pre-production question, depends on film. Some require much more.
Depends on look required and the face condition. You discussed and planned for just powder, actor shows up with problem skin. Opps. See "pre-production".
Varies. Depends on production structure. Producer or Director. Sometimes talent has special request past up to producer.
There are standard important question that must always be answered for every single job. That includes the job requirements and limits. If you miss any of these questions going into a job, it can cause problems. That's why I always double check my mental list. When all the answers are known, I ALWAYS send a confirmation e-mail.
Sep 24 13 01:48 pm Link
New York, New York, US
I can only answer your set etiquette questions.
The First AD is like the sargeant that runs the production. S/he should know enough to call for last looks just before they roll cameras.
If they don't, it's okay to tell the 1AD that you need to quickly pop in to do last looks. In almost every case, they'll hold the roll for you.
Work as quickly and efficiently as you can. Feel free to tell the 1AD if there's a problem you need to address, but if it happens too often the entire crew will get annoyed, and probably the cast too.
Stay on set. Be in video village or, if that's not possible, ask for a monitor so you can see how people look on camera. It's your responsibility to keep your eyes open for problems all the time.
Sep 24 13 02:11 pm Link
Thanks Dani, Chart , Leonard , David! It is very helpful and give me a better picture. I am truly aprricated
Sep 24 13 08:19 pm Link
New York, New York, US
might I suggest this link
http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_ … ides.shtml
may I ask what this job is ?
Oct 06 13 01:44 pm Link