Thursday, August 24, 2017

On Set: Who is the "Shiner"?

There’s a Video Village on every set. No this is not some obscure Game of Thrones reference.
The Video Village is a set up of monitors with as many or more director chairs around them. On a commercial set, this is where the producers, clients and sometimes the director sit to watch what is being filmed.
Always check in with the Video Village at the top of every day.
“Hey, guys how are you. Thank you so much for having me here.”
There’s almost always going to be one producer or client who “shines” at you.
They’re SO excited to see you, and have a bit of a shine around their eyes. This is the Shiner. And why are they shining at you?
They fought for you in the Callback and you got hired and now they’re looking pretty good. Their job is intact.
This is the person who you ask about the spot. This is the person who you ask as to where to get a copy of your spot, and you should always get a copy of your spot.  This is the person to get a business card from by the end of the day.
They’ll usually bend over backwards for you, or send you to someone who will.


  1. Wow! I know EXACTLY what your talking about, and I never knew! ����‍♀️ This is the most useful piece of information I've gotten in a long time. Thank you thank you Bill! ����

  2. Great info!! I always do this automatically. Maybe it's because I love people and adore being on the set. And those around me always feel that from me and are supportive. Thanx Bill. You are awesome!!!