5.2 The Production Team Size

The number of crew depends on the size of the shot.

5.2.1 Small Scenes: 3 to 4 members

  • Director and/or Cameraman
  • Sound Director and/or Boomer
  • Assistant in lighting, reflectors, light grip

Type: outdoor scenes without artificial lighting, or small indoor places

Example: a family in a sitting room, a couple in a small cafeteria or chatting outdoors.

5.2.2 Elaborate Outdoor/indoor Scene: 4 to 6 members

  • Director
  • Camerman
  • Sound Director
  • Lighting and grip assistants

Type: outdoor artificial lighting. Large shooting span. Using a Crane.

Example: A group at a restaurant, shooting several parts of a house, small fights.

5.2.3 Elaborate Large Scenes: 8 or more members

  • Director
  • Camera Operator(s)
  • Assistant(s): traffic and crowd control, grip
  • Lighting Director
  • Chief Lighting Technician and/or assistant(s)
  • Sound Director and/or Boomer
  • Makeup & Hairstyle Artist(s)

Type: these shots use large spaces and a number of people or vehicles.

Example: Car chases, group battles, gatherings.

5.2.4 General Sizing Method

Your basic reliable team must be 3 or 4; the team discussed in Sec. 4.1. The rest of assistants require minimal skills.

For a basic three member team, Table 4.2.4 lists the approximate additional number needed, provided each knows his job.

Table 5.2.4: Added Operation Crew
Operation Assistant(s)
Dolly / Jib (<5m) operation 1
Camera Crane 2
Shooting from a Boat 1+driver+diver
Shooting from a Car/Truck 1+driver
Two-three cars chase: 3+drivers
Using two projectors 1
Using four - six projectors 2
Actors and Extras Groups 1 for each 5
Dogs gentle/fierce 1/2 for each

You must take into consideration the following aspects also:

Mechanical Effects, Wardrobe, Makeup & Hairstylers, and Set Decorations assistants.

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