CineMasters are primarily drawn from the Craft Guilds within the UK Film Industry.
Membership of these Guilds is by nomination and acceptance by their peers; these individuals are well-respected working professionals - masters of their chosen crafts - recognised not only in the UK but world-wide for their skills and knowledge. Indeed, many have been nominated for or received awards such as BAFTAs and Oscars.
Art Department members are responsible for the visual artists and storytellers, who, in consultation primarily with the director, create and develop the overall look, atmosphere and emotion that move the story. They do this through the conception and creation of stage sets and the selection and alteration of practical locations and backgrounds. They also collaborate with the visual effects team and provide the designs necessary to maintain a coherent blend between the look of the production, cinematography and the post-production visual effects footage.
A film camera crew consists of a Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Loader and Grip. Everything that you see on screen, from lighting, through composition, focus and camera movement, is the direct responsibility of these five individuals.
Whilst the camera department maintains its hierarchy, it is the teamwork of a close knit crew which ensures each sequence is completed quickly and to the highest standard, also to the satisfaction of the director, before the material is handed to the editors.
The Continuity Script Supervisor 's multifunctional role centres around the script. The responsibilities of this job encompass a wide range of tasks: checking that the text is adhered to and is covered by all necessary camera angles; that the storyline remains in continuity; that actions, props and every other imaginable item included in a scene match and are appropriate. The input of the CSS, who is part of a team lead by the Director, helps to ensure that all elements of a scene work seamlessly together when edited.
The Editor, working closely with the Director, responds to the “jigsaw” of images shot. However, unlike a jigsaw, where there is only one possible outcome, the film images have the potential to be put together in many ways to create pace, rhythm, mood – an apparently seamless ambience - thus manipulating the film to direct the audience.
The craft of editing is very much subject to personal interpretation; it is also a collaboration with a number of people: the Director, the Writer; the Sound Editor; the Composer and others. Like all the film crafts, the work is never the same twice; there is always something new to discover within the raw original material presented for the editor’s consideration.
Hair and make-up are key elements in the overall design of films, creating a look that is appropriate for the characters, time periods, setting and style of the production.
The hair department is responsible for the research, design, the application, maintenance and continuity of hair and wigs during feature film and television productions. Sometimes the hair and make-up departments are not separate, and one department looks after both the hair and make-up requirements.
The make-up department is responsible for the research, design, the application, maintenance and continuity of make-up during feature film and television productions. There may be a separate hair department, or just the one department that looks after both the hair and make-up requirements. This depends on the scale (and budget) of the production.
The job of the Location Manager can be difficult, frustrating, tedious and exasperating, and all that?s likely to be within the same day. It can also be hugely exciting, deeply fulfilling, and get you into situations and experiences that few other humans would encounter. In short, there?s nothing else like it.
The Location Manager is the principal link between the production, the location and the public.
In brief, Location Managers research, find, set up, organise and sign off locations.
The Sound Department is responsible for capturing all the sounds you hear coming through the screen when a film or programme is shown or broadcast, – from doors opening and closing to intimate dialogue - and ensuring that the final result is perfectly balanced.
The Special Effects Department incorporates all those specialists who make the action of a movie look realistic. They include model-makers, pyrotechnics experts and armourers, and physical and visual effects supervisors and technicians.
Contrary to popular belief the work of the Stunt Co-ordinator involves careful research into the action required and recces of the locations selected by the director before engaging the specialist Stunt Performers whose ability and experience best suit them for the particular task.
During the shooting of action sequences the Stunt Co-ordinator’s primary responsibility is to reduce the risk and ensure the safety of all those involved.
CineMasters also have available various other industry professionals who do not fall into any of the above categories. These include Sir Sydney Samuelson, a respected industry figure who was the first appointed British Film Commissioner and various members of the production departments such as Assistant Directors and Television Directors and Producers.
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