Crew Only

Crew Only

The Crew Only podcast, hosted by Jazlyn Porter, is for film fanatics and individuals trying to get their start in the movie business! With every episode, you’ll get an exclusive insight into what it takes to make your favorite films from the people behind the scenes. Each week, Jaz will introduce you to a crew member with unique responsibilities and personal advice on how to get started in this business. Join Jazz and her guests as they share plenty behind the scenes stories as well as their experiences from Breaking Bad, Terminator, Marshall, and many more. Welcome to the crew life!

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March 30, 2020 35 min

I am starting a special Covid-19 series where we talk to filmmakers to find out what they are doing while Hollywood is shut down due to the Coronavirus. In this episode I spoke to Harry Lipsitz and Kyle Mecca two Buffalo Filmmakers and the Co-Founders of a casting company "Casting Buffalo"  to find out what it was like launching a company during a Pandemic. We also discussed how they are staying busy, if they are working on...

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In this episode I sat down with Templeton who is a Production Assistant for various reality tv shows shows such as Chopped and Hustle in Brooklyn. He also does a lot of work for various companies such as Viacom, Conde Nast and so many more.  We got to discuss what is like working in reality tv,  how he is able to book jobs, his experience on Chopped and the life of a true freelancer.

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This episode is very different from all of the other episodes I've recored. 

In this episode I discussed less about his responsibilities working in the electrical department in the TV/ Film  industry and more about who he is as a person and what its like working as a creative in Buffalo.

The first half of the episode  we discuss what he does on film sets, how he got his start and what the electrical department is responsible fo...

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Danny Carroll was the Producers Assistant on NBC's "The Enemy Within". The ironic thing about this interview is that when Danny and I sat down to talk, I was asking him question that not only did I think guest would want to ask but also questions I really wanted know the answers of.. At the time I was wrapping out of my job as an Office PA and I was ready to transition to Producers Assistant but I didn't really know...

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Mark Clennon is a commercial and editorial photographer. Inspired by Ava DuVernay herself, Mark decide to switch his career later on in life.  Only working full time for less than two years at the time of this opportunity.  He has been able to work with major brands and people such as Reebok, Vogue, Culture Con, supermodel Bella Hadid and so many more. On this episode I spoke to Mark about his unique opportunity where he had the ch...

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In the first episode of Season 2 I spoke with Denzel Williams who is a music video director from Buffalo, NY who has worked with some dope artists such as Estelle, India Arie, A Boogie and more. He is also the creator of  the WNY based music festival Vibrations.

During our discussion he talked about how music video directors get paid,  the process of writing treatments, some of the issues with the payment process and his story of h...

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This is a special episode  of the Crew Only podcast where I got to sit down and talk to Gabe Chavez who worked as a Key Grip on Spike Lee's Master Class.

Throughout this episode expect to hear what  Spike Lee talked about  during the master class, behind the scenes stories  from the Malcom X movie, how Spike Lee uses his influence to give people of color jobs and more about being a person of color in the film industry.


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January 29, 2019 105 min
This is the Season Finale of Season 1!  I didn't know that this episode  with Gabe Chavez would be the finale but as I started releasing the episodes it never felt like the right time to put this one out. Eventually it clicked  and I  knew that this would be the season finale.  During my conversation with Gabe we didn't just talk about his role and responsibilities and  pay of being a Best Boy Grip, this conversation was so...
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I met Mike on the set of a music video I directed in October of 2017 and then after that I started seeing him around the city  on different film sets. Mike is putting in his days to join the union but he is also constantly creating content whether its on  commercial shoots, music videos,or friends projects, he's always trying to get better. It was really cool getting to talk to Mike because he is like a lot of us where we are i...
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January 15, 2019 58 min
In this episode  I sat down with Daniel Burger who is a second ssistant accountant. When we recorded this episode he was in Buffalo working on the film "Bashira". Daniels story was so interesting because of how he got in the industry and how he has been able to move up so quickly.  Its true when they say it's all about who you know! Daniel has worked on some notable shows such as Being Mary Jane and Underground. Through...
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I first met Melanie on my first film "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" so this was great getting a chance to sit down and talk to her about her journey in this industry.

She was so honest about how the industry can be so tough and how she came in and out for years. We learned how she started her production company with her partner, how she became a locations manager, and how she balances the two.

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December 31, 2018 33 min
So I met Heath  back in June of 2017. We were both interns on the feature film Cold Brook. So this film was our first time working together again since our internship. This episode wasn't just about learning what the locations department does and what a unit PA is. Is was also about hearing the perspective of  PA and the importance of knowing where you want to go in this industry.  I hope you guys enjoy this episode and as alwa...
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In this episode, I sat down with Hanna Woltz who was working as a Set Dec PA on the feature film Bashira during the time of the interview, but she is so much more than a PA. She is an all-around creative and an amazing person. She's responsible for the awesome cover art for this podcast! One of the things you will take away from this episode is the idea of being persistent, staying in contact with people that you met and alway...
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December 10, 2018 42 min
In this episode, I sat down with Seth Black who is a Property Master in Buffalo, NY. Essentially he is responsible for acquiring, manufacturing and properly placing all the props you see in a film or tv show. Throughout the episode, he shared what his responsibilities are and what a good and bad day on set looks like. He also shared with us three websites where you can find production jobs.
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December 3, 2018 62 min
A super cool episode with Kyle Ferchen who works in the Art Department. When we sat down for this episode he was working as a Set Dec Buyer for the feature film Bashira. Throughout the episode, we talked about his internship with Nickelodeon in NYC, his steps leading up to this job and what his main responsibilities are as a set Dec Buyer. If you are someone who likes to shop for cool things or have creative side to you this episod...
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I got to sit down and talk to Rafi who is a Production Assistant who wants to work his way up in the camera dept. Throughout the episode we talked about his experience on his first official film job, the importance of staying connected with former crew members and if he thinks you should go to college for Film. Check out this episode if you want to know he landed his first job in the industry and see what its like for a recent coll...
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In Part 2 Laura and I continue our conversation discussing all of the Production Assistant positions on set and what each role does. We also talk about what the relationship is like on set between the Assistant Directors and how to deal with a "difficult actor". For anyone who is just getting their start as a PA in this industry, this episode is definitely helpful and one you want to check out! As always don't forget to...
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This conversation with 2nd AD Laura Rizer was so dope! I had such a good time talking to her. We talked so much that I had to split it up in two parts. In Part 1 of our conversation, Laura discusses what a 2nd Assistant director does, how to join the Directors Guild Of America(DGA) how much they get paid, who is directly responsible for hiring Set PA's and what they look for when hiring. For any production assistants looking to...
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In this Episode, I sat down with Hannah Jordan who has worked as a PA in several departments such as art, crafty, locations and more. She explains what the locations and crafty departments are responsible for on set. She also shares 5 things a location, crafty and set PA should know and the importance of making and maintaining good relationships on set.
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I was really excited to sit down and talk with Dana because we are both from Niagara Falls. It's not everyday you get to meet and work with people in film who are from Niagara. Dana Calanan has worked in the costume department as a Tailor/ Seamstress for over 20 years. She has worked in both Broadway and TV & Film. Some projects she has worked on are "The Phantom of the Opera", "Mamma Mia", ""Marsha...
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