Nutrition Tips For Maintaining Energy on Set
Film shoots can run long hours consuming more than half an entire 24 hours day. They are often exhausting and frustrating for both cast and crew. It is up to the craft services and catering departments to provide efficient fuel to combat the fatigue and stress of this job. So often is the nutritional value of the meals and snacks provided able to support these needs or not.
Maintaining energy can be a simple procedure when reviewing these simple tips to hack the nutritional problems on your set.
Hydration is the most essential ingredient to life on Earth, as it should also be on set. It is the duty of those responsible on a shoot, the line producer, key grip, best boy , fire department and eager production assistants to ensure all persons in the location are provided with sufficient amounts of water throughout the day but it’s up to everyone to look after each other’s well-being and grabbing a cold bottle of water for the person next to you despite rank is just a human virtue. While caffeinated and sugary beverages can be useful tools to endure the long hours of filming, only pure H2O can satisfy what the body needs. The current debate is not providing water but in what container to disburse: disposable prepackaged individual plastic bottles versus a communal jug intended for refilling reusable thermoses. The environmentally friendly choice is to use the refillable method and ideally everyone coming to set would bring their own personal bottle like they do their own pants. Unfortunately the real world is much more spontaneous and absent-minded. Clean bottles must be resourced and washing facilities should be accessible for cleaning bottles throughout the day. This fact leads to the other advantage of disposable bottles, mainly hygiene. This issue weighs differently for each production. But the simple rule of 2 liters per person being the daily intake needed a guilting your crew into drinking it because it was such a burden to lug around.
A Snicker’s addict is nothing to complain about, especially if it gets the job done. This polysaccharide dosing can not always lead to the best of results and maintain the proper mood for long film shoots. Again I’ll reference to that perfect world where fresh fruit is custom cut to everyone’s desires but the burden of fruit might weigh against the budget and accessibility to production. Grain snacks such as pretzels are a viable option but not a gluten free solution. Granola bars are still a standard in the industry but mostly the stale over sugared type; look for “oat based fruit sweetened options” the few extra pennies will get you a lot further in nutrition and worker appreciation. A quick word on fruit leathers from a writer who has experience with attempting to consume these on set and made fresh ones at a farm; fruit leather is a very sticky mess! Some healthy options can be cleaner but I’ve seen toddlers clean up legos more efficiently. A more practical fix for the fruit head are bite-sized fruit snacks. Avoid the cheap kid options and splurge on Welch’s or Annie’s; both are tasty, popular brands but look for real dried fruit options with low sugar contents. Since you’ve given this article a spin thus far please enjoy this secret tip and check out your location Latin chain market for much lower prices on fresher tropical flavors, Yum!
Union rules states a hot meal every 6 hours but a skeleton crew can dance in the dark as they please. The catering options provided are distinct by budget and when decadence overflows then gourmet food trucks can lead to a dangerous distraction and excessive bathroom breaks. When choosing a caterer, decide on an option that is easy to digest and suits allergy concerns. Hiring a portable salad bar would get the most for working efficiency and budget. Yes budget, believe it or not. As far as that word scheduling is concerned, the standard has been to have cast all break at once. When possible take this tip and try shooting off individuals or small teams on meal breaks. This avoids long service lines and keeps production moving with fewer unnecessary bodies on set.
Go Coffee! America fought the British in 1776 to declare they didn’t want to drink tea. Ok, maybe this is turning into a Starbuck’s sponsored essay but providing a warm cup o’ joe is a must for most crews. If maintaining proper hydration coffee is a wonderful tool for your crew to keep up and focus. Of course as with all things this can be over indulged in but think of the parallel to being an office. Coffee (and water) should be just as accessible to your crew on set as to your editors back in the bay. Sure, tea too.
A word on so-called “Energy” drinks and snacks: The taurine found in beverages such as Red Bull and Monster is a synthesized version of an amino acid only carnivore species need in their diets. The natural form is found in red meat and the artificial version is way worse; Red Bull never successfully released their product on tap because it ate a hole in the pipes. The same pipes which transport Coke concentrate (a substance that when diluted can still dissolve a human tooth in less than a week) so imagine what this is doing to your co-workers bodies.
Before you can wrap a shoot you need to ensure your crew survives and is productive. Just as film making has both an art and a science so does diet, and the catering on set is no exception. Take these tips and use your own best judgement to for crew provisions and don’t be afraid to experiment if you have the right hunch. Maybe just follow your nose…