Hiring the Right Event Crew for Your Film or TV Production

When it comes to any successful film or TV production, there’s dozens of working parts required for a production to run smoothly, and the selection of your event crew can sometimes be as critical as the cast you place in front of the camera.

The complexities behind any entertainment production requires a team that’s not only technically proficient but also adaptable, experienced and collaborative. Here are some key considerations to ensure you hire the right set crew to supplement your team.

Stage Crew Experience

Hiring a production crew with extensive experience and knowledge of the rules on set is essential. Experienced TV set crew bring a wealth of knowledge, can anticipate urgent needs, and are adept at handling the unexpected challenges that often arise during production.

Your crew of choice should confidently offer a comprehensive suite of services. From rigging, AV and lighting, stagehands, follow-spotting and production running, a team that can cover all bases will streamline your process and ensure cohesion across various departments.
Silverback have proudly worked on a large number of movies and TV shows such as James Bond, Paddington, The Forge, Dragon’s Den, The Witcher, Game of Thrones and Countdown, to mention a few. Our crew knows exactly what is expected on set, from conduct, attire and ability.

Nationwide Availability and Commitment

The nature of film and TV production requires crew members to be available for the full duration of the production, ensuring availability and commitment through to completion. Film and TV sets often involve long hours, physically demanding work and incredibly tight timelines, punctual and reliable stage crew allows for streamlined filming and minimal interruption. 

A TV crewing company with a wide-reaching presence can offer significant advantages, especially if your production has multiple locations or requires a flexible workforce. This ensures not only ease of logistics but also consistent quality of service across different geographies.

Communication as a Priority

Effective communication is the linchpin of any collaborative effort, and in TV and film production is no exception. The ability to convey messages fast and concisely among departments can avert misunderstandings and errors, which could prove costly and time-consuming.

Understanding and executing the directives from production heads promptly, and with sufficient experience of set etiquette will allow a crew to integrate seamlessly, coordinating efforts with all other departments to ensure the smooth progression of daily tasks. Unforeseen changes are a near guarantee in any TV or film production, and it’s important for a team to stay flexible and reactive. If problems arise, crew members should communicate them immediately and effectively to avoid any impediments to the production schedule.

Safety Training

Safety of all involved is paramount on any set, and thorough training is essential for all crew members. All crew should come prepared with full PPE to every shift, with a zero-compromise approach to the rule maintaining high standards of professionalism at all times. 

Crew members should be well-versed in the standard safety procedures of the industry, venue and those specific to their role, adhering to all health and safety regulations, which can vary by location and type of production

The right production crew is a cornerstone of a successful film or TV production. By prioritising experience, proficiency, national reach and reliability, you set the stage for excellence.

Our high standards have led to collaborative relationships being formed with both national and international production companies, studios and channels. With offices across the UK in Manchester, Leeds, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham, if you need a set crew for your upcoming production, call a member of our team on 0844 561 7939 or email info@silverbackuk.com for more details.

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Libby NolanEvents Operation Lead
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Thank you for all your help on the Lush showcase this year, we really appreciated all your hard work and effort on site. All of your guys were a pleasure to work with."
Ian ChandlerDirector
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No need to thank us for the payment, we are happy to do so. We are fully aware of the importance of our relationship and the service you provide, and we look forward to working with you again soon.
Louisa Timms Head of Operations
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Our team really enjoy working with your crew as they are always helpful, hardworking and positive - not to mention able to lift amazing weights!"
Justin Watts Head of Production Services
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Firstly, just wanted to say thanks for the guys, they were great. A special thank you to say Danny and Simon were FANTASTIC taking nothing away from the other crew, but those two were unbelievable.”
Janice Hazeldine Account Executive
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I am so pleased to have had your guys on site today. They were very professional, and no job was too big or too small. They only stopped occasionally when I asked them to, as I felt they must need a break/drink but if I didn’t ask, I think they would have just carried on…… They were fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful.”
David WaineManaging Director
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Thank you for your assistance this week. Your guys are a credit to your business, every member of our team cannot speak highly enough of them.”
James KetteringhamHead of Creative Events
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This was a large job with many elements changing on a daily and hourly basis. The communication and flexibility from you and your crew has been exceptional.

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