CAST & CREW CALLS 101: What's It About?! Log Lines

March 8, 2018

 

 

I'm constantly on the search for more projects to join, collaborating with other great filmmakers.  Unfortunately, this means reading several crew calls, some of which are... not good.  I've come across calls seeking a Set Designer that simply state the general definition of a Set Designer, nothing else.

 

Um, okay, but do you have work for said position, or not?

 

Just as candidates make their first impression when replying to a call for work, that cast or crew call is the first impression of the production team.

 

So how can your team make the best first impression?

Start with a log line!

 

Writers and producers should all practice pulling in an audience with 1-2 sentences about the story. Completing your call with a log line that states the central conflict while suggesting your genre or tone will have an effect!!

 

This can work for your team in 4 ways...
1.) You could attract people who specialize in the genre you are creating.


2.) You could attract those who don't have experience in the stated genre, but are confident in trying something new.


3.) It could weed out those who have no experience or interest in the tone of your story.

 

4.) If seeking cast, someone could contact you asking if you are seeking crew, and vice versa!

 

Whether you are seeking cast or crew, the more information, the better; just not your life story. 

 

What are your thoughts on cast and crew calls? Share your best and worst experiences finding indie film work!

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