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Female producers on the road are totally the moms. One great example of that is
when I went to Russia and Cuba I had to bring cash. In Cuba, I had 11,000 in
cash and Russia probably 10,000. That leaves you in the position of buying
everything for the crew paying for the hotel rooms, their food, even their beer.
The camera guys get that even though they have a per diem. One day the audio
guy came up to me and asked for rubbles. I said, ‘what do you need?’ I have to
get a receipt for everything, right? He said, ‘because I want some gum.’ I said,
‘Dude buy your own gum I’m not your mother.’
Kate illustrates a co-created socially constructed moment that made them both laugh. This
turn by turn conversation between Kate and the audio guy demonstrates the performance
that Kate enters with her crew when she positions herself as a ‘mom.” Kate created the
mommy role and then ironically responded in mommy-like fashion when he behaved like a
young child asking for gum. These are the “family” stories that continue after production
crews arrive home and create a bond.
Carol Beck (Media Producer): Freelance Crews Speak The Same Language
Carol addresses the level of crew camaraderie after you have successfully worked with a
person and how that inevitably generates future projects together:
You’re used to being in the soup and trying to figure out how you’re going to do it. I
worked with some guys in Australia a line producer that I needed on the ground
and a DP (Director of Photography). We had a fantastic time working together and
the other crew people brought on were awesome. At the end of the job, we’re like
‘see you, nice to know you have a good life.’ Then a year later I’m calling them up
saying, ‘Guess what we’re coming to Australia.’ It’s the way things happen
sometimes. I’ve worked twice with the same crews in China. You make these
relationships. You know that people do good work, they’re fun, and when work is
over you can go and have a nice meal together, have a beer, and share war stories.
It’s very relational. In the independent world of production, it’s completely based on
relationships once you trust and know somebody. There’s an English guy I know
who owns a company in Paris. Every once in awhile I’ll get a call from him and he’ll
say I’m going to ‘such and such a place do you know anybody there?’ I have
some friends who have a small production company in town who do a lot of
international work too. I’ll say I’m going to Amsterdam. Do you know anybody there
to hook me up? They’ll shoot me the name of somebody. With people you know
and trust, you share resources. With people you don’t trust, you don’t share
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