Low budget equals fewer cast & crew, each with the responsibility of several jobs. It’s easy to feel essential to the entire production. Then there is big budget… Big budget equals larger – and sometimes MUCH larger – cast & crew, the work spread over so many more people. When you examine your individual role, it may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But that point of view is all in your perspective.
Perspective #1 – A crew member stands alone and removed from set and, guarding a distant doorway to ensure that no stray person walks onto the set when cameras are rolling. He/she is far removed from teamwork of set, and heck, the chances of anyone entering this distant door is remote that his/her presence here is probably pointless.
Perspective #2 – A crew member is one of a network of film professionals guarding the perimeter of the working set – a vast one today – ensuring that no person or activity disturbs the set when cameras are rolling – an an essential element to capturing the magic on screen. He/she is the only one at this distant outpost who knows what’s happening (when cameras are rolling and when they stop) on set, a relatively short distance away. When the rushes screen and when the final film screens, he/she will remember how large a network of crew and space was required for this magic of scene to be captured.
Every spoke is essential. You just have to see how.
Cheers & a great shoot to you,