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Bill Degnan -- Set Medic

“A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.” ― Orson Welles
"An army needs Medics" ― Bill Degnan

All set medics are not created equal. You can find any number of people who have a First Aid Kit. But that's probably not what your production deserves. So make sure you know what kind of Set Medic you're getting.

Production money is tight. Producers want to spend their money wisely. The right Set Medic can help you stay on time and in budget by helping to keep everyone involved safe, healthy and happy. The cost of a single production delay in time and money can be unthinkable.

Frequently, cast and crew have little access to healthcare in the absence of a set medic. In addition to the usual first aid items, we bring a fairly impressive collection of over-the-counter items.

We're making magic here. An actor in their dressing room with cold symptoms or some other malady, leaves everyone else standing around. Cast and crew need to be able to focus on their work -- not on bug bites, or a rash, or sunburn, or dehydration.

Some Producers believe they only need to have a medic on set when there are stunts or pyro or a large number of extras. But just as cast and crew expect Catering and Craft Services they expect the services of the Medic. People do better work, when they feel they are being cared for and cared about.

We are with you from the first call time to the end of the heavy lifting. Load-in and load-out are many opportunities for injury. We are with you for construction and rigging as well as while you are shooting. We are just outside the frame line during stunt and SFX work and often at arm's reach during stunt and SFX rehearsal. We work closely with the Stunt and SFX Coordinators and the Armorer. During the rest of the shooting we're out of the way, but close enough to keep an eye on things. Always listening on the radio, ready to "fly in" when there's a call for the Medic.

Let us help you make the magic.

Bill Degnan, EMT-I
Email: and
512 814-9241

National Sleep Awareness Week 2015 is March 2 - March 8

National Sleep Awareness Week 2015 is March 2 - March 8.

If you aren't getting any sleep, you should at least be aware of it.

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Sleeping Day for Night (Part 2)

Back to Part 1.
By William Degnan, Set Medic

Do you have Shift Work Disorder (SWD)? 1 says if you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

  1. I feel drowsy when at work or on my "off time" during family or social engagements.
  2. I have fallen asleep at work.
  3. I'm not productive at work. I often can't think quickly or make good decisions while i'm on the job.
  4. I have trouble falling asleep when its time to sleep (when my shift ends or when I'm supposed to sleep).
  5. I wake up too soon. I cannot sleep seven to nine hours continuously.
  6. My sleep is "broken" and I wake up frequently during the time I should be sleeping.
  7. I feel irritable or moody.
  8. My shift work schedule has created trouble in my personal life (with my partner, family or friends).

Sleeping Day for Night (Part 1)

By William Degnan, Set Medic

Our filmmaking friends know about Shooting Day For Night, budget-stretching techniques which produce a reasonably plausible nighttime effect to film or video shot in the daytime. In Europe it is called nuit américaine> ("American night").

Contact Us

On Walkie: If we're already on your film production, then expect that we are on the appropriate radio channel, monitoring the action. Usually, that's the production channel, but it could be the construction or stunt channel. You'll know.
Phone: 512 814-9241. Our phones are frequently on silent mode, as appropriate courtesy to the production. So if you call, don't be afraid to leave voicemail. Provide details so we can call back with answers. We'll call you as soon as we are able.

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