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Crew: What is a Sound Stage?

Crew: What is a Sound Stage?

Sonia Klug 4 November 2022
No matter how much effort and resources you put into filming, bad audio can ruin a video or film, so it’s worth investing time and part of the budget on a sound stage to ensure the sound is also spot on.
Crew: What Drone Pilots Do

Crew: What Drone Pilots Do

Sonia Klug 19 September 2022
The technological advances of the last decade have made drones and drone cameras affordable and commonplace. Now there are many photographers who prefer to hire a professional drone pilot rather than do it themselves and here’s why…
Crew: What Wardrobe Stylists Do

Crew: What Wardrobe Stylists Do

Dominique Kilkelly 18 August 2022
Whenever you’re on a shoot that involves talent, you should consider the wardrobe stylist your secret weapon. Find out more about what stylists do and how they are integral to the success of a project.
Crew: What Set Designers Do

Crew: What Set Designers Do

Stephanie Avilés 15 June 2022
Set designers are an integral part of any production as they create the perfect setting to bring your visual concept to life and elevate your photography.
Crew: What Photography Assistants Do

Crew: What Photography Assistants Do

Polly Gaillard 7 April 2022
A photographer’s assistant is an anticipator, a problem solver, a wire wrangler, a light setter, a meter reader, and an equipment handler. Essentially, a photography assistant is an extra set of eyes, ears, and hands that stays attuned to the photographer’s every shooting need.
Crew: What Craft Services and Caterers Do

Crew: What Craft Services and Caterers Do

Polly Gaillard 23 March 2022
When you’re heading into a big-budget production, you’ll need to consider how to keep everyone on set happy, healthy, and well-fed. You may need to hire a caterer or craft services, or both.
Crew: What Video Equipment Rental Houses Do

Crew: What Video Equipment Rental Houses Do

Daniel Kilkelly 11 November 2021
Let’s say you have a big job coming up that requires special video equipment — probably something you’re going to use maybe once or twice down the line, but definitely not regularly. It would be nice to turn to a Video Equipment Rental house.
Crew: What Talent Agencies Do

Crew: What Talent Agencies Do

Gregory Falatek 26 October 2021
Finding appropriate talent for production can make or break the success of a shoot. It is important to understand who the company wants to reach and what message they want to send. Then, you’ll want to find a talent agency that aligns with the client’s goals and overall vision.
Crew: What Animal Trainers and Handlers Do

Crew: What Animal Trainers and Handlers Do

Stephanie Avilés 27 September 2021
While working with animals has its perks, sourcing talent for a production that requires casting animals has a unique set of challenges. Luckily, there are agencies and crew that specialize in just about every aspect of animal casting, handling, and training.
Crew: Equipment Rentals

Crew: Equipment Rentals

Gregory Falatek 18 August 2021
Equipment rental houses can be an incredible resource for photographers, videographers, and anyone else in the production world. Whether you need a rare cinema lens, extra strobe lights for a large shoot, or simply an expensive piece of gear that you’d like to try before taking the plunge of purchase.
Crew: What Retouchers Do

Crew: What Retouchers Do

Andrew Souders 28 July 2021
Retouchers are the muscle behind the high-end imagery we see today. We spoke with some of the best to learn how and why they do what they do.
Crew: What Makeup Artists Do

Crew: What Makeup Artists Do

Shannon Stewart 10 June 2021
Professional makeup artists understand how light shapes the face and have techniques to emphasize features, making people look their best.
Crew: What Location Scouts Do

Crew: What Location Scouts Do

Varun Raghupathi 28 April 2021
When the location is an important aspect of your shoot, it’s good to work with a professional location scout to help you find that perfect spot. Here’s how some photographers figure out who to hire ahead of shoot day.
Crew: What Prop Stylists Do

Crew: What Prop Stylists Do

Andrew Souders 27 April 2021
From keys to cows, prop stylists can source the most unusual objects to make images visually appealing. Wonderful Machine’s Andrew Souders peeks behind the scenes and tells us how sets come to life.
Crew: Where Props & Backgrounds are Found

Crew: Where Props & Backgrounds are Found

Victoria Cagol 4 March 2021
Many projects will require props and backgrounds. Finding the best ones requires consulting a props & backgrounds rental house.
Crew: What Digitechs Do

Crew: What Digitechs Do

Jen Warren 4 February 2021
Digitechs help photographers organize, send out, and back up thousands of images every shoot day. Find out why Digitechs — especially in this post-COVID world — play a vital role in maintaining an efficient, structured workflow on set.
Crew: What Hair Stylists Do

Crew: What Hair Stylists Do

Varun Raghupathi 28 July 2020
Hair stylists have to be on their game before and during a shoot. Find out how these jacks of all trades make magic happen while on set.
Crew: Studios

Crew: Studios

Wonderful Machine 22 November 2019
Every photographer at some point will find themselves in need of a studio, but how do you know which one to pick? This article is a guide to choosing the right studio for any situation.
Crew: What Food Stylists Do

Crew: What Food Stylists Do

Jemma Dilag 6 November 2018
Like a model, food often needs special attention in order to look its best, and we have food stylists to thank for creating photo-worthy spreads. Wonderful Machine’s Find Crew database will help your photos turn out that much sweeter.

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