The Cinematography Podcast Episode 243: Joshua Friedman

As a production assistant first coming up in the film and television industry in New York, Josh Friedman always saw his fellow crew members not as job competition, but as collaborators. Once he’d moved up to assistant director, Josh decided to share what he’d learned as a PA, and wrote “Getting It Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide.” His number one advice to production assistants is to listen. “More often than not, everybody is so excited to be the hero, to be the problem solver, to speak up and get the attention.” says Josh. “But they don’t hear everything that’s being asked. So this might be a two-part question. And they’re only answering the first part without hearing the second part, which is actually more important.”

With Crew Me Up, Josh and his partners have created a new job and networking app that connects filmmakers and production crew to film and TV jobs posted across different regions. It all started when he had to replace a crew member while on a shoot in Texas, and had a very hard time finding anyone local who could work. Crew Me Up allows users to build a profile that hosts information such as their availability calendar, resume, website and IMDB page. Instead of job listings that people apply for, users can directly find other members on the platform, and hire them directly. They can also join Crew Me Up groups, where there’s many active film communities. The app also provides vendor and services listings for camera rentals, post production, and more across different regions.

Find out more about Crew Me Up: Instagram: @crewmeup

Joshua Friedman: @crewbie_rex

You can get the FREE Crew Me Up app for iPhones in the Apple store or for Android in the Google Play store.

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