We're so happy to welcome Robyn, Ness, Frances and Angie in Auckland, Lisa in Wellington, Rick in New Plymouth, Tony in Taupo and Rory and Maurice in Chch to our expanding team. Branded Hi Viz's on their way ;-)
We've now hit the 50 Film Drivers mark. I've always said that when we hit 50, the freely downloadable list will come off the website and any enquiries will come through me.
It's both exciting yet hectic times for the film industry right now so we're looking forward to slotting as many drivers into the mayhem as possible...
Lets get this Power/Base Set Up gig on the calendar. No-one put up their hand to run it but a few of you said you'd be happy to contribute. Our goal is for every film driver to be able to rock up to a new unit or tech base and at the very least, power and level up their own vehicle (if it's needed). Ideally we could have access to the different versions of power and cables they might need to know about then tactics for adverse weather, access etc. And you'll think of more aspects we need to know.
So many of you have been in the game so long I'm anticipating there will be a lot of information coming from all angles including best practise, learnt-the-hard-way short cuts, reasons why something is done a certain way etc and, personally, I can't wait to learn from the old hands (get your minds out of the sucker truck - you know what I mean!)
I propose Nov 2 somewhere out West Auckland. Leave a comment if you're interested and/or if you can help with venue/vehicle/gear etc to use as demo.
One of our favourite filming locations in Auckland is www.jonkersfarm.co.nz The owners, the vehicles, the animals, and scenery and back drops as far as the eye can sea! If you're looking for a superb location just out of Auckland, get hold of Greg asap. They've got a few windows of availability between mayhem...
Kia ora Film Whanau. Film Drivers is needing drivers to represent in the regions that we can call on for the smaller gigs. It doesn't matter so much if you're normally in another dept or even if you've been out of the circus for a while - it's more that you've been crew, have a few clues, can read a call sheet, operate a radio and know the location/on set process. Any licenses and endorsements are helpful. Looking forward to hearing from you or yours here...
With our 12+hr long haul swings up and down the country recently and still having to manage this new and rocketing business, I had to find a way to still communicate.
I downloaded a few different apps but they would only do one thing well, and not much else. In the end, I went back to "Hey Google". The first time I downloaded the assistant, I found out that Tech Rage is worse that Road Rage but I persisted and now we have a patchy but functional relationship that has cut my need to pull over by 90%!
Having blue tooth on the stereo helps immensely too so in future, any vehicles we buy will have bluetooth installed - safety first - sweet sounds second!
A few of our drivers have those mic/ear piece gadgets. How much does this cut down phone interaction?
Any other tips we'd find helpful?
What do you do?
This from the Taranaki police...
When Production give you three minutes notice that you have a flight in 4 minutes and security take a year to measure your swiss army knife!