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- What does it mean to be confirmed for a job?
It means you are the one who got the role! When you get confirmed, you will still be optioned for all the shoot dates as your exact shoot date may not be known yet, so you will have to standby for your date. You may also be called in for wardrobe fittings and rehearsals to prepare for the role. Closer to the shoot date, you will get your call times.
- When do shoots take place?
Like castings, shoots can take place any day of the week and at any time. So it is vital that you can take time off work or have your child miss the occasional day of school for a shoot.
- How many shooting days are there?
Every shoot differs, but generally a TVC will have two to three shooting days. You might not be required to be on set for all the shooting days, but you will be told closer to the time what days you are needed on set.
- How long is a shoot?
If you are booked for a shoot you are expected to be available for a full day. For adults this means a 10 to 11 hour day. Children’s hours on a shoot are laid out by the Department of Labor. For a child up to the age of 4 a full day is 6 hours. Children aged 5 to 9 years are expected to be on set for an 8 hour day and children from the age of 11 can be on set for 10 hours. Television clients always make a full day booking. Photographic clients can book a model for a full or a half day but complications can arise (such as weather or technical problems) so we advise our models on half day bookings to remain available for the full day.
- What is a call time?
A call time is the time required on set.
- Basecamp vs. Shoot Location?
Basecamp is often where talent are expected to be while the crew is setting up, it’s also where craft is set up and gear may be stored, hair and makeup until you are required at the shoot location.
A shoot location is the film set where the action will be taking place.
- What is a weather day?
Weather Days are a unique South African compromise that takes into account the notoriously changeable Cape Town weather. The following applies to photographic shoots. Your Agent will tell you that you need to make a “weather call” to the production manager at a specific time before you leave home for the shoot. This serves the following purposes:
• The Production Manager knows you are on the way.
• The Production Manager has the opportunity to notify you of any possible time or location change due to adverse weather conditions.
- What is a wrap time?
Wrap means the end of a shooting session when you are release from set or can return to the collection point. (whichever is latest).