Daniel Ross - Logistics Manager
Publié le August 19, 2022
Translated from French
What is your job? How would you describe your work?
I’ve been a Logistics Manager on film sets for a while. My role is to plan and install all the necessary supports so the Director, cast and crew can work under optimal conditions.
My team and I have many responsibilities: getting permits, preparing the location, setting up for the technical crew, security and secure access to the location for the crew, food and sanitary measures, while taking into account the requirements of the shoot. My work has many challenges but it’s an exciting job!
WHAT PART OF THE JOB DO YOU LIKE THE MOST?
I love the people and the team spirit. A Logistics Manager is nothing without their team − the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the shoot running smoothly. The circumstances and unforeseen events can vary from set to set, so you have to be flexible, creative, always learning, and most importantly, you have to find the right people and resources to overcome the challenges.
God knows how difficult it is to have 1.2 km of René-Lévesque Boulevard closed for a film shoot several nights in a row if you don’t have cooperation and resources.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT?
I have very fond memories of the filming of The Widow of Saint-Pierre, which took place in Nova Scotia. I got to see breathtaking landscapes and work with people who were both friendly and competent, including the Coast Guard. Another highlight of the shoot was having dinner with the Director, Patrice Leconte, and the actors, Juliette Binoche and Emir Kusturica, at a local restaurant.
IS THERE AN ANECDOTE ABOUT YOUR WORK THAT COMES TO MIND?
Every shoot has its story, good or bad... For instance, I once towed the toilet trailer through a field without realizing the director was still inside.
I have many entertaining stories. You'll need to buy me a beer first if you want to hear more!
HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSION?
Efforts have to be made to guarantee our department a brighter future. It’s very important to give our technicians ongoing support and training opportunities. To make logistics more attractive to the new generation and to attract and retain the best talent, we need the help of experienced logisticians and improvements to working conditions. It’s time to bring the logistics department out of the shadows and to recognize our work at its true worth.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE QUEBEC AUDIOVISUAL INDUSTRY’S GREATEST STRENGTH?
One of Quebec industry’s great strengths is its skilled and engaged technicians. The logistics teams are, without a doubt, indispensable. At the risk of being accused of preaching to the choir, let me remind you that we are the only logistics department in North America that is entirely dedicated to supporting the shoot and the crew. When I describe our work to American producers to justify the big operating budget, they are often astounded by the scope of our tasks and responsibilities.