The DP should never call Action. Either the Director or 1st AD will call 'Action' and the Director always calls cut. The DP or operator will call 'frame' to let you know he's ready and framed and then the Director or 1st AD can call Action.So far it's the DP who says action though. The DP takes the longest to set up, and get the camera in right position for movement, and in focus and framing. So the DP might as well say action if they are usually waited on last.
In my very little experience so far, the director has no need to tell the crew to roll the sound, then roll camera. He or she just tells the crew to roll everything or switch everything on.
So far it's the DP who says action though. The DP takes the longest to set up, and get the camera in right position for movement, and in focus and framing. So the DP might as well say action if they are usually waited on last.
Much of my experience has been on film college thesis projects, and yup - it's very much by-the-book.It can differ slightly, but I've only seen 1st and 2nd year film sets call every thing (ie: Sound, cam, slate etc.)
The calls don't have to be followed strictly, you can adjust for what works for your production and your crew. For example, just calling a 'picture's up' or a 'last looks' will often quiet a professional set. You can often tell a student set when every single one of these gets called/answered in appropriate succession as that's what they've been taught is the 'correct' way to go about it (rather than why these are called and what they're for) - for example, many student ADs may call 'quiet on set' despite the set already being silent.I was looking for serious camera calls, and when i saw this I laughed. i would be the one flipping out about cell phones lol.
Just a question, when they say film speed, they are referring to the actual "film" cameras getting up to speed right? I would think with digital thats all over now.
We will probably use
# 1 Quiet on the set
# 2 audio rolling
# 3 Camera Rolling
# 4 Marker/Slate
# 5 ACTION!
I used this sequence on some adult film projects I worked on and it worked pretty good, only time we ever had police kicking in doors was when they caught us shooting in someone elses house when they werent home (jk)
I believe this was due to the horses in Rawhide freaking out every time a Director screamed 'ACTION!' meaning that they would then have to wait for the horse to calm down before starting the scene, wasting time and film.This goes against other people's advice, but one thing that Clint Eastwood said in an interview is that he says it's best not to say action before shooting. He said that it was psychologically proven that saying action causes people to tense up and become pressured, cause of the urgency of the command, or something like that. He said that it works better to say 'Let's begin now', or something along those lines, cause it doesn't add urgency to people like action does.