Whether it’s to connect with a new production crew when you’re out of town or to look for a replacement at home, using Facebook to find your production crew can be extremely rewarding.
The main advantage of finding your crew through this method is that it’s free! While there are plenty of sites out there designed around helping budding directors and producers connect with potential crew members, the majority of them charge for their service. As Facebook remains totally free, it stands to reason that if you want to save money, you’re better off looking for prospective employees through this method. There are many people in these Facebook groups who are just starting out in their career, so they may be willing to work for a lower rate in exchange for industry experience.
Since there are so many people on Facebook, it also allows you to easily find people in the area that you want to shoot. There’s bound to be a group for where you’re looking for, so a simple search should give you the results you’re looking for. Many people in this industry often find themselves between jobs, so if you’re planning on shooting in a major metropolitan area, you should have plenty of people to choose from.
One thing to bear in mind is that it may take some time to put a whole crew together. If you’re going to be looking for people using this method, then you should start as soon as possible to allow you plenty of time to get everything sorted out. Once you find someone you think is right for your needs, be sure to get more contact information than just their Facebook profile. People may not check their messages for a while, so since you’ll want to be able to get in touch with them whenever you need them, a phone number can make a world of difference.