Aspiring filmmakers, what’s the difference between a company move and a push move? So when you’re on location and you’re done shooting and it’s time to go to your next location, everything has to come down. The lights, the cameras, the monitors, the cables, everything comes down. It has to be wrapped up, put in a truck, and stowed there securely so that you can drive to your next location. That’s called a company move. Everyone has to pile into those trucks and people go into moving vans and people movers. So that’s a big deal because when you’re having a company move, you spend a lot of time in traffic and that’s wasted time, especially on a low-budget show. You want to put as much of your budget onto the screen. Sitting in traffic doesn’t put anything on the screen. 

The opposite would be a push move, where you’ve gone to your next location, let’s say down the street or a block away and everything can be loaded on the pushcarts. And you literally push them to the next location. And you save a lot of time and money doing that. To have a push move, the Showrunners would work very closely with the Location Scouts and the Director and the Director of Photography and the Line Producer, and the art department to find locations that were short enough to have a push move. So often we would say to the art department, Hey, I know this is a crack house, but can you make it look like a church? And they’d say yes or no because it was right next to the other location. And that’s how you really spend and really optimize as much money onto the screen. So for more filmmaking tips in terms like this, you can subscribe and follow me here @MichaelJaminwriter.

Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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