Where are you?
Most resume templates have a line for your physical address. I have no idea why anyone would want this information; it’s not like they’re going to write you a letter.
Generally speaking, I don’t think you should include anything on your resume that doesn’t actively help you. Your address doesn’t help, and it could even hurt. Say they’re shooting in the Valley and you live in Long Beach. The coordinator might think, “Oh, well, she’s not going to want to make that commute,” and toss out your resume before even calling you. Remember, they’ll receive hundreds of resumes for every job posting; any rubric that helps cut down that number will be used.
The one exception I can think of is, if you’re working as a local hire. You want to make sure they know you’re a resident of the state that’s giving them a tax break.
You have one job
On a student film, everyone helps everyone do everything. You’ll probably have 17 titles by the end of the shoot. That’s fine, you’re just learning.
Even on a low budget, but still professional, shoot, you’ll end up with certain departments lumped together: grip & set lighting;1 make-up & hair; set dec & props. (Those last two pairs are at least in the same unions, 706 and 44 respectively.) Again, this makes sense– a smaller budget film can only afford a small crew, so some people have to pull double duty.
The mistake comes in claiming all of those titles on your resume. You look like a Jack/Jill of All Trades, Master of None. If you’re applying to be a grip, your resume should say grip, not grip/electrician/camera assistant/crafty/scripty/stand-in.
The difference between lying and fibbing
The last of the common resume mistakes relates to the one above. Sometimes independent producers get a little… title happy. “You worked on the movie three days? We’ll call you… associate producer. Sure, why not?” It’s their way of paying you without, you know, paying you.
This becomes an issue with highly technical jobs. For instance, maybe you helped the DP/camera operator2 a lot, carrying the tripod and lens cases, swapping batteries, maybe even slating. Sounds like you were a camera assistant. And since you were the only camera assistant, you must be the first camera assistant, right?
Wrong. In the UK, the 1st AC is called the “Focus Puller.” That’s because, on both sides of the pond, she’s the one who maintains the focus of the shot:
It’s an incredibly difficult and important job. If you screw it up, literally nothing else matters. Everyone else’s work has been entirely wasted. I’ve seen an AC fired when one single take of one single shot was soft in dailies.
I’m all for fudging your resume a little. You interned on a show? Eh, you can say you were a PA. But don’t try and claim to be a DIT3 if all you did was transfer SD cards to a harddrive and push the monitor cart around.