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What does a Greens Foreman do?
Creating a movie set exactly the way the Director wants it is usually a matter of finding appliances from the correct time period or hanging the right curtain fabric. However, in the case of scenes shot outside, putting a set together can be a little trickier. A Greens Foreman is in charge of procuring and arranging all the necessary plants for each and every scene.
A Greens Foreman is a specific type of Set Designer. As a Greens Foreman, you handle anything that grows and needs to be on set, be it a tree, a shrub, or a flower. Sometimes, this can be a fairly easy task, especially if you find a location that meets all your needs. Other times, though, it can be tricky, like when you need a winter wonderland created in the middle of summer.
Like any Set Designer, your work starts long before production gets underway. You meet with the Art Director or Production Designer to get an idea of what the Director wants the look to be for each scene. From there, you get to work, visiting greenhouses or nurseries to find the exact type of plant. In some cases, the best plant will be fake, and you might spend some of your time cruising fabric stores to search for plastic plants that look real.
Once you find everything you need, it then becomes your job to get it all into place for each shot. This can be tricky, as you need to keep in mind things like upkeep and shelf life. It doesn’t matter if you find the perfect flower bush for the romantic proposal scene if it gets delivered too soon and looks wilted or dead during filming.
Also, it’s important to keep in mind things like allergies. Again, it doesn’t matter how beautiful a plant is if the main Actor can’t stand next to it without sneezing.