November 5th 1955. Marty McFly has just arrived, from 30 years in the future. AND, the archaic methods of crewing up films – which we still use today – are first being invented. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but isn’t that how “old school” it still seems? Particularly compared to our mobile apps, smart devices and considerably advanced lifestyles. We think so.
Now combine the total number of calls made between Sidney and Scream over the years, with the amount of emails shared between Meg and Tom in You’ve Got Mail; and you’ve found how the film industry has assembled its crews for many, many years.
Hammering the phones, cold calling people (you’re unsure are even still in the industry), was the standard way of securing a film job. Everyone who’s worked in the industry will tell you this is how they bagged their first job on a major project, or, how they’re still securing work despite having numerous jobs under their belts.
Now don’t you think this seems problematic, given the communication methods we have today? We’d spend weeks (literally) calling up Supervisors who we’ve heard just might be crewing, on the off-chance that they’ll be in need of us. And this is where the spreadsheets come in. Oh, the good old colour-coded excel spreadsheet; imagine a hybrid between a phone book and your GCSE revision notes – exactly, vile. Green for ‘called but not answered’, red for ‘already have someone for the job’ and yellow for (my old favourite) ‘sorry, why did you think I was crewing?’ aka your cue to abort call asap!
Getting one foot in the door, getting your next job, or trying to find crew is stressful and time consuming for everyone, even today. The reality of getting into – and staying in – the film industry is a harsh one. Sometimes, it remains a dream unfulfilled.
**Drumroll ** Enter Premiere Crew – the contemporary, low-cost resource for Supervisors finding crew, and for crew trying to find work. In a nutshell, we’re an extensive database service that enables newcomers and established crew members to create profiles, showcase their skills and choose their availability dates, right under the noses of crewing, top-tier industry Supervisors. Premiere Crew was created through these shared frustrations of joining and finding work in the film and HETV industry.
Current industry crew will tell tales of unanswered emails and nervous telephone calls to potentially crewing Supervisors. Let us tell you; it’s nothing personal on behalf of the Supervisors. We’ve seen first-hand, just how hectic a day in the life of a department Supervisor is. If your email doesn’t have an in-house G Suite address, there’s a fair chance it’ll remain unopened, until maybe a quiet day in the office, two weeks into shoot and 4 months from the date it landed in their inbox.
Maybe, just maybe, the filmic stars then align in your favour and you’re lucky enough to get an email back, or catch a Supervisor on a quiet day, who’s read your email and has a minute to interview you. And that my friend, due to the competition to enter and work in this wonderful industry – is a rare, golden nugget moment.
On a positive note. Let’s say you’ve found a crewing Supervisor’s email address and you’re ready to hit send. Bingo, right? Wrong. Next comes the Pandoras Box of your curriculum vitae. Attaching your CV from when you did your GCSE’s will not help the inbox silence. Harsh we know – but true. Competition is rife. From new grads, to people who want to change careers, to experienced crew looking for their next gig – you’re a small bird in a big flock and you need to to get noticed. Premiere Crew offers a CV review service for crew of any department, with tailored feedback. Our Team includes industry admin experts, who know what stands out and what info is as unnecessary as a decaf coffee on the 3rd evening of a night shoot.
We also offer Art Department Portfolio reviews, tailored to help you showcase your skills as effectively as possible (what impresses Supervisors and also, what they need to see in terms of technical competence). In a highly competitive entry level market, ensuring your CV gets across ‘you’ and what you’ve achieved, really can make or break you.
Likewise, rocking up to an interview with an Art portfolio busier than Tom Hardy’s schedule or, as messy as a Justice League first edit, will not get you a foot in the door. We’re here to help you shine (plug alert: we also are more cost-efficient than many of our non-industry competitors).
Premiere Crew gives Supervisors the chance to search for crew 24 hours, 7 days a week, because that’s how many hours they work. These guys seriously put the hours in, so trying to make their lives easier is one of our main aims. With our focus exclusively on showcasing skillsets and crew availability, you can rely on us to push your CV and availability under the nose of Supervisors (who are actually crewing this time), looking for you.
At the minute – it’s difficult. We get it. We’ve been through it. Whether you’ve gone from expecting to graduate mid-year as normal, or preparing to enter the job market, or from working in the industry to having your job stopped and being unemployed for months; it has been challenging, for all of us. This is why we set up Premiere Crew: to eradicate the pain of getting noticed for roles, or for Supervisors to find their crew. We wanted to streamline the process and make it accessible for all. Hence the cost and our values. Anyone can apply for membership – everyone, including the Supervisors, go through a vetting process. We only want talented, committed, and nice people on our database.
Film crew deserve more than just a database service. That’s why we created an exclusive Access All Areas section, where you can learn first-hand, hints and tips to start your career, or get some inspiration for those returning to work. We’re launching with an interview from our friend and three-time Oscar Winning Costume Designer, Sandy Powell.
We are passionate about proving the best service, with a side dish of fun, all while keeping costs to an absolute minimum. We’re a small team, founded in lockdown, with the simple aim of helping our industry get back on its feet. We’re all part of the same film family, trying to do our bit in helping the family out of a weird time. Any revenue we do generate is fed right back into site maintenance.
We also help others out along the way. By others we don’t just mean you guys working in or searching for a way into the industry. With each subscription (which is £4.99 a year by the way – BARGAIN!), we donate to our pals at the Film and TV Charity, who’ve helped and continue to help so many of our film family during and after the film apocalypse that was the UK, COVID-19 lockdown.
Sign up today at www.premiere-crew.com
We at Premiere Crew, are ready to take the film industry and its method of crewing up, back to the future. Are you up for the ride?