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Why Pizza & Production Don't Mix

By: AnnMarie Parker | Faculty, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Filed under: Film & Production

November 17, 2017

Independent film producers spend a lot of time coordinating and pulling together great people for cast and crew in order make a great, short movie. One aspect of the planning is craft services.

AnnMarie Parker
[Above: AnnMarie Parker on set of one of her independent films]

Most students think to order pizza (spending $50 bucks or so) for lunch or dinner, depending on what time they are shooting. This, however, is a mistake! 

Feeding your cast and crew heavy breads and cheese slows everyone down. The crew and cast become sluggish, forgetful, and sometimes straight up worthless. The body needs time to digest and expel the grease and carbs from pizza. There are alternatives for that $50.00 bucks. 

Spending a little time prepping the food can save you funds. When it comes to craft services think light—sliced fresh fruits and vegetables, proven high protein snacks like trail mix. For meals look at salads, grilled chicken, black beans, or beef tacos with corn tortillas or even making a crockpot of chili. These offer vegan options, as well. If “cooking” isn’t your thing, buying a few loaves of bread, lunch meats, and slices of cheese is affordable and won’t cause your cast and crew to “crash” after lunch. 

Personally, I have one rule: Never bring out the chocolate until after lunch. Make those fruits and veggies available the rest of the day! By making meals light and having healthy snacks available will get the highest level of productivity from your cast and crew. When your cast and crew is active and focused then they will be productive. Your shoot will stand a better chance of being successful. 

Please feed your cast and crew well. You will see the difference in positive energy, and you will have money in your pocket.

AnnMarie Parker

AnnMarie Parker is a Producer at IVP Productions, an independent film production company, and is a Faculty in the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production program at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg. To learn more about her work, visit www.ivpproductions.com

By: AnnMarie Parker | Faculty, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Filed under: Film & Production

November 17, 2017

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