More About Meals And Breaks

We believe professional performers deserve…

  • Regular and timely meal breaks.  Performers should be provided a meal with reasonable dietary options at least every 6 hours of work performed.

    It may have been Napoleon who said, “an army marches on its stomach” – but it could just as easily have been an assistant director or production coordinator.  It takes an army of people to bring a production to life, and those people have to have rest and proper nourishment  to make that production as good as it can possibly be.

    Budgets are tight on any production, but if the people working in front of (and behind) the camera are hungry they won’t have the focus to do their best work.  The same can be said of entertainment workers who have been working non-stop since their early call-times; while the pressure is always on to stick to shoot schedules so a production can “make its day,” it’s important to build a meal break into that day so everyone working on the set can eat, rest, and re-charge. They will thank you for it by giving you their very best.

    We recommend

    • that producers provide a meal break four hours into every day of work, and no later than six hours after the first call-time of the day;

    • that everyone on a professional set be provided selections that provide protein, and items from at least two of the five food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy);

    • that a hot dish of some sort be offered (especially when shooting in cold weather) that contains complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber;  

    • that enough food be provided to fill a standard dinner plate at least once;

    • that actors and producers discuss dietary needs at the outset of a production, and that appropriate accommodation be made for the dietary needs of everyone involved with a production; and

    • that producers consult with one or more of the many professional craft service and catering companies who specialize in keeping a production moving (and costs low) to check on the actual cost of their services.  You might be surprised at how affordable, convenient and efficient it is.

    However you choose to live up to this performance standard, remember that keeping your cast and crew well nourished and rested will help keep them physically and mentally at the top of their game, and go a long way toward ensuring that your project is the best it can be.  Oscars all ‘round!