Jack, Do you have hiring a



Do you have hiring a DP slated in your budget? That’s the person you need to be talking to during pre-production. If not a DP, then a First or Main Camera. Whoever it is, they should be familiar with cameras and field lighting. I suspect your budget doesn’t include a gaffer, but if your producer is tagging you about cameras, lights and what not there may be some funding for it. Since you’re shooting ‘reality TV’ (the blanket term for non-narrative television programming) don’t fall into the same trap of trying to go ‘chintzy’ by hiring recent college grads to do the heavy lifting on the production side of your show. They may be cheap and eager, but won’t have the knowledge, skill and experience you’re going to need. Depending on where you are there are plenty of pros these days scrambling for work even at a reduced rate. No way a recent college grad is going to have the depth of knowledge needed to help you pull off this thing.

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