Craft Services is used for most TV, film, music video and live event productions. It mostly consists of a variety of beverages like coffee, soda, Gatorade, juices along with snacks like cookies, potato chips and more. These items usually are to keep the crew nourished between catered meal services, which happen every 6-hours according to union rules.
Depending on the budget, craft services can be the basics or elaborate with fancy platters of grilled chicken skewers, hot soup, deli sandwiches or more. However, when producers have VIP clients on location they provide more of the latter to make sure their special guests feel more comfortable. VIPs often provide the production company with a rider, which outlines their specific needs. A “rider” can include almost anything under the sun such as a fully stocked bar with top shelf liquor, hot towels, only organic or gluten-free foods, sushi from their favorite restaurant, $8 protein bars, and more. The bigger the Diva, the longer the rider. The goal of the green room is to make sure the VIP feels welcomed and special.
While rates for the green room attendant may be around the same as a union rate crafty, this individual must have the skills and temperament of a first class flight attendant. The attendant not only sets up a beautiful buffet of refreshments, but ensures that it will stay stocked, clean with lots of variety. Presentation is everything! VIP green rooms can be setup for 1 guest or up to 50, but the same level of detail and service is necessary no matter how many guests are being served. Catering companies like Dine With 9 Catering provide attendants with both first class dining and production assistant experience. Our catering division also prepares gourmet platters and treats, which will ensures that VIPs have a first class green room experience.