In this article we are going to portray the life of a fixer in Spain, from the time he takes off the crustings from his eyelids in the morning until he arrives home after his working day.

It seems that if we are not directly related to the world of celluloid, the figure of the fixer is not usually known. So let’s shed some light on this profession.

LET’S REMEMBER THAT A FIXER PROVIDES EVERYTHING NECES- SARY FOR A SUCCESSFUL PRO- DUCTION

Now we are going to describe the daily life of a fixer in Spain. But if you want to know what a fixer is in more detail, we recommend you to read this article.

BEGINNING OF THE PRODUCTION FOR A FIXER

First of all, let’s start with the presentations. Let’s say that our Fixer is called Marta and she has been working in all kinds of productions for several years.

Those of us who work in this field know that every production is different, so the first thing Marta has to identify is the type of project she has in her hands.

As Marta knows, the needs of each shoot change depending on the objective of the final product. Is it a video targeted to social networks? A TV commercial? A documentary?

What information do we have?

We know it is a production for a fashion brand that wants to shoot in several locations in Spain with a road trip concept.

Now that the type of production is defined, Marta notifies the team and the work begins.
Let’s see all the things that Marta has to do in a production.

PRE PRODUCTION

Normally and I say this because, as we all know, every production is a different world. Productions usually last about 6 days of prproduction for 2 days of shooting. In the same way that a chef needs a good mise en place to cook, in this world the preparation is fundamental.

And who is in charge of “doing the shopping” for our production?

That’s right friends, the Fixer.

We are going to take a trip through these 6 days of production to see how Marta prepares even the smallest detail of the production that is about to begin.

DAY Nº 1

On the first day of proproduction, a lot of coffee is consumed. It is a day in which decisions are made, the staff is chosen and certain factors that will be fundamental for the quality and the final result of the production are evaluated.

Let’s say that it is not an easy day for Marta.

The client wants to record in several locations throug- hout Spain and, on this first day, has to agree on which will be these specific locations, decide who will be our Director and who our DoP.

The casting, which will correspond to the requirements of the script, of actors and extras who are going to participate in the project will be carried out.

But step by step.

DEFINITIONS OF THE LOCATIONS

Marta, as a good Fixer, has a quite extensive portfolio that she has been shaping during all her years of experience in the profession.

Let’s remember that the concept of this project is a road trip, so the locations you choose for it must be different from each other. In this way you will get that feeling of traveling through Spain.

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They must also be locations that provide great visual value, and at the same time they can be found by anyone on a trip.

Marta proposes a list of locations to the team, from which a first selection is made taking into account the time of year in which it is going to be shot, the weather, ease of access, aesthetics, etc. After several cuts, the definitive ones are selected.

They decide that the road trip will be along the coast of Valencia, starting from the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, through locations such as the Red Wall, Altea and Denia and ending in Las Salinas de Torrevieja.

Marta creates a document with images of these places to show the client and get their final approval.