I have been working on many film sets in the past. From small to big productions throughout many places across the country. While every film is very different and unique, often the techniques behind it are similar. The time I was working as a set dresser on a film set, I noticed there are a few tools that I used the most throughout every production. These tool helped me out multiple times and I would like to share them with you.
A callsheet is basically the most important piece of paper you need while working on a film set. Every new shooting day the production department will send the crew a new callsheet. In here you can find contact details, time schedules and the planned shots to film. The filming will most of the time not be in a chronological order, therefore you must have read the script fully to understand which parts of the story will be filmed. Also, knowing the film order will give you time to prepare the props you need to bring that day.
Most people within the film industry carry a Leatherman with them on set. It basically is an advanced looking pocket knife which comes in different models. I have used mine extensively since it’s easy to quickly grab for those last minute fixes. The Leatherman brand is well known for its quality and sustainability and in my opinion definitely worth the investment. However, there are a lot of other great brands that each have their own variation of this.
This toolbox can come in every shape or form that suits your needs. It will contain everything you might not need but will bring anyway. Working on a film set is always a challenge because you are working with a tight schedule. If something needs a quick fix, you will be thanking yourself for bringing the right tools along. Definitely be prepared for the unknown at all times.
In my toolbox you will find for example various tapes, a small rope and fishing wire, a pen, pencil and markers, scissors and a measuring tape. Depending on the production you are working on this can always change, so spend some time thinking about the tools you will most likely will need.