Food. It’s the one thing that brings everyone together. And on a production set – it can make or break the whole day. The Craft Services Production Assistant is arguably the most important person on set. To make sure everything goes smoothly on your production days, we’ve put together a list of Dos and Don’ts for your craft services on set.
Do Include Healthy Foods
Healthy options (along with coffee) will be the best thing to energize your crew. That means lean proteins, plain starches, superfoods, and fruit and nut bars. Offer diverse foods that play to different health (and emotional) needs that your crew will need throughout the day.
Do Offer Coffee and Water, on Repeat
There are no more important beverages other than coffee and water on a production set. This is non-negotiable. Many crew members rely on coffee to keep them alert and attentive during a full shoot day so there should be an abundance. Luke warm or cold coffee is also a no-no. Keep it hot and keep it coming!
Water can also solve safety concerns such as dehydration. Working on set typically entails physical labor so dehydration is always a potential risk. Water bottles are great but if you’re trying to be environmentally friendly, remind the crew to bring their own jugs that they can fill up all day on set with fresh, cold water.
Diet Coke – not as important for physical health but, for some people, might keep their mental health top notch all day.
Do Provide Fresh Food All Day Long
There are some foods that can sit out for a long period of time without going bad. Mayo is not one of them. So keep your mom’s famous Deviled Eggs at home (unless you have a proper way to store them then don’t forget to thank your mom).
Do Know the Crew’s Dietary Restrictions and Preferences
The worst thing you can do is not provide any vegetarian options to a vegetarian crew member. It lowers morale, causes extra stress, and triggers a hangry (hungry + angry) crew. Be cautious of crew members who may be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, have a nut allergy, etc.
Don’t be Stingy!
Always have enough – no – more than enough food for the crew. Your crew members are working potentially 12- to 14-hour days and it’s important to keep their spirits high. That means keep the food coming and encourage seconds! No producer should ever attempt rationing food on set. Even though it looks like an easy line item to trim down on the budget, think long and hard about what that could mean on shoot day.
Don’t Order Pizza
I know. I said it. But I mean it. Pizza is a great way to reduce the budget but that, along with other greasy, saucy foods like hot wings, could mean a sluggish crew and a stain on the talent’s pants. Pizza is almost never acceptable. However, if you have to order pizza, make sure to have it as the second meal and don’t forget the Tide-To-Go Stick.
Koi-Fly Creative’s Favorite Go-To Craft Services Offerings
- Water, coffee, tea, sodas
- Chips and salsa or other simple dips
- Granola bars, fruit and nut bars, trail mix, pretzels
- Assorted fresh fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas
- Hummus and pita or veggie platters
- Sandwich and salad spread
- Catered hot meals that have a variety of options
- Small sweets such as cookies and jolly ranchers
What are your favorite meals on set? Comment below!
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