How can you get on to Big Movie and TV Sets and learn.

When you are learning filmmaking, it is very important to get on Big Film Sets that are shooting movies or television drama or are commissioned by the Streamers. That is Prime Video. Hulu and Prime Video or any other streaming service. You will  learn professional protocols. You need to learn how crews operate, how a director directs and how a film set works at the top level.

Then you can adapt that experience to your film set and make your shoots more effective and the films you shoot, more successful.

How do you get on top film sets?

  1. Become an Extra:
    This is the easiest way to get on film sets
     . This time next month, you will be on top notch film sets observing how it works and meeting people. 

    So, what is this way? Become an extra. Anyone can become an extra and the only job requirement is that you can show up on film and TV sets at short notice.

    Usually, your agent will phone you a day or two before you are required. If you say yes, you go into a list of easily available people that get called on regularly. How do you do this?  Google “Extras Agencies”. in your city.  Phone or email your interest. Fill in a form and get photos professionally taken of you. Once this is done, wait to be called by your Extras agent. 

    When you get on set, enjoy the experience and in many cases, people get called to be featured in close ups. It can be fun to sees yourself in a movie or TV show. This obviously works if you are in a city that has a film industry or live near such a city.

    Here in Australia, we have Disney Studios in Sydney and Warner Brothers Studios near Brisbane. Many huge Hollywood films get shot in these studios from Aqua Man to The Fall guy.

    See the list at the bottom of page

  2. Get a Crew Attachment:  
    There are many ways to get Crew attachments. The easiest way is via who you know in the film business. If you know a DP (Cinematographer) and you have some experience working on short films, you could approach the DP and ask for an attachment. 

    The other way is to join a Guild as an associate member. You will have to check our the film guilds in your country . In Australia for example, the (ADG) Directors Guild in Australia has attachments for up-and-coming Film Directors who have made a short film that has done well in Film Festivals. What this means is you assist a top-notch Director either in Film or Television and can learn the craft of directing a film from a professional. 

    This will require you joining as an associate member and then applying for the attachment.  This will help you move up the film directing ladder. 
The Editors Guild and the Cinematographers Guild also have opportunities. A
ssociate Memberships and student memberships are very inexpensive ($100 – $200 per year)

  3. Word of Mouth:
    You know someone working on a major film and they get you on set. Make a great impression on those on set and one job will lead to another.
  4. Hustling and working at your craft.
    Many people have do this. They go to great filmmaking courses, learn the craft and make their own short films. They network the film industry and Film Groups on Facebook and put their hand up to volunteer for anything. Work begets works and one thing leads to another.

    This way requires persistence and tenacity, and one needs to always be on the lookout for opportunity. The people who keep at it will in time gain more and more opportunity till at some point they have an agent either for Directing or a Crew role. I can tell you once you have an agent, you will get paid well and one job leads to another.

The truth of the matter is that crew and film directors work job to job. They require an agent eventually and a great reputation for their craft. Once this happens, too much work will come your way and you will have to pick and choose. 

Everyone must start with no experience and no knowhow. My advice is focus on the now, this day and where you at now and take small steps daily towards your dream Simply live one day at a time and enjoy the now of what you are doing and step by step you move from no experience to full time work on film sets. 

One great action you could take right now is to enrol on an amazing filmmaking course such as the Flagship Filmmaking Course. 

Films Shot at Disney Studios Sydney Australia
          Formerly Fox Studios Sydney

  1. No Escape (1994)
  2. Babe (1995)
  3. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)
  4. Dark City (1998)
  5. Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
  6. Holy Smoke (1999)
  7. The Matrix (1999)
  8. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  9. Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
  10. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  11. La Spagnola (2001)
  12. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  13. The Quiet American (2002)
  14. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  15. Kangaroo Jack (2003)
  16. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  17. The Night We Called It a Day (2003)
  18. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  19. Son of the Mask (2005)
  20. Stealth (2005)
  21. Superman Returns (2006)
  22. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  23. Australia (2008)
  24. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  25. Accidents Happen (2009)
  26. Tomorrow When the War Began (2010)
  27. Happy Feet Two (2011)
  28. The Great Gatsby (2013)
  29. The Wolverine (2013)
  30. The Lego Movie (2014)
  31. Unbroken (2014)
  32. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  33. Gods of Egypt (2016)
  34. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)[6]
  35. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  36. Alien: Covenant (2017)
  37. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  38. The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
  39. Peter Rabbit (2018)
  40. Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
  41. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
  42. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  43. The Invisible Man (2020)
  44. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
  45. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  46. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
  47. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)
  48. The Fall Guy (2024)

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