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A production crew is a unique group of creative technicians from all disciplines – from camera and lighting to set design and costume design. They come together, often without having had worked together before, to create art within strict time and budgetary limitations.
In this module, learn how to hire an experienced crew, above the line vs, below the line, union vs. non-union crew members, how to manage pay or play deals, work with independent contractors and employees, address personal conflicts on set, and ultimately assemble the most talented professionals for your project.


  • 30:31 video that walks you through every step of hiring the crew
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable blank forms
    • Emergency Form
    • Crew Information Form
    • Crew Deal Memo
    • Time Card Log


  • How to work with above-the-line and below-the-line crew
  • Working with union vs. non-union crew
  • How to negotiate crew rates
  • Meal penalties and how to avoid them
  • Pay or play contracts
  • How to determine whether to hire a crew person as an independent contractor or employees
  • The dangers of Workers Compensation
  • What to include in the Start Paperwork packet
  • How to deal with problematic crew people
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston