I have had the pleasure of dealing with Maria and Calling All Crew for almost 15 years. I have worked for a few different Television Broadcast companies during that time and have at times, heavily relied on Maria, and her knowledge of the industry and her crew.
I have always been incredibly happy with the crew recommended by Maria and I know that anyone that comes through CAC are professional in their approach to the job at hand.
I have formed very long lasting working relationships with many of Maria’s Crew, some of which we still engage on a regular basis today at Global Television as we did some 14 years ago.
I would have no hesitation in recommending CAC to anyone that needed Television crews in Australia.
National Crewing Manager
Global Television P/L
02 9690 8071
Gearhouse Broadcast Melbourne
The help and support you as CALLING ALL CREW offer to my colleagues and I at Gearhouse Broadcast is invaluable.
We really appreciate the way you take our crewing problems and swiftly turn them into solutions.
There is a reason you have survived running the Sydney Freelance open market for so long, there are so many occasions when I have looked to you for a position to fill and you have come straight back to me with a Freelancer that will fill the brief.
Second to this the people on your books tend to have the best manners and be the most responsive crew I deal with. More times than not I will receive a follow up email from someone I know is on your books thanking me for the booking etc. These little things don’t go unnoticed.
It’s a please to deal with you and your Crew Maria!
I contacted 'Calling All Crews' to coordinate and recommend A-List crews for the field shoots in several different cities throughout the country. The Production Manager, Maria Karambelas, went beyond the call of duty, paid attention to detail and was thinking ahead. The crews we hired met and exceeded our expectations. If you are coming to Australia from a foreign land, Maria is definitely a go-to person for crews. I couldn't be happier with the experience.
- Joseph Lecz, Senior Associate Production Manager
The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios
Your PA/ Talent Wranglers were amazing!!! All of them brilliant, professional, calm and happy! Loved spending the day with them.
Rose was a complete stand out and took over getting the contestants in order, set up with paperwork and challenge attire... just a trooper!
All of them worked non stop and when we had a few quiet patches were asking for more work... they were really great.
Thank you for organising such an awesome team and I really hope to get them on board for more work asap.
TCN Channel Nine Pty. Limited
Channel Nine has been using Calling All Crew's service since it's inception in 1990. A lot of our crew requirements come via the freelance network and Maria has a thorough understanding of what our needs and requirements are. One of the standout qualities of CAC is the speedy response and the quality of the crew.
Channel 7 Production Resources
Senior Studio Cameraman
52 Martin Place
Re: Calling all Crew
To Whom It May Concern:
Need H.E.L.P then call C.A.C not N.R.M.A.
As the senior cameraman at Channel Seven’s Martin Place news studios in Sydney I rely heavily on Maria’s company, Calling All Crew, and the service that she provides.
Our news studios at Seven are emtremely busy and rely heavily on a broad spectrum of freelance technicians. I quite often have up to twenty shifts per week that need to be covered by freelance cameramen. The ability to be able to access Maria’s website to view the availability of crew definitely makes my job easier. Being able to view crew availability, book crew and then receive fast, efficient confirmation by either phone or email is fantastic.
News production is quite often urgent and that’s exactly how Maria treats all of my bookings; with the utmost urgency, and for that I am extremely grateful.
Channel Seven has also aired a number of outside broadcasts over the years, both locally and interstate. So whether it be The Melbourne Cup, The AFL Grand Final, Sunrise at Seaworld or Dreamworld , Maria has been able to contribute by providing highly-skilled cameramen Australia-wide, quickly and at most times with short notice.
I have personally known Maria now for more than twenty years. Her passion for the Film and T.V industry remains as strong as ever. She has a great team who she values and works tirelessly for. She is an absolute delight and I will continue to make use of her services for as long as she decides to remain in the business.
Michael Healey Senior Studio Cameraman
Where would we be without Maria and Calling All Crew? We would not be in
Top Gear. We'd be Totally Wild needing Rescue (by) Special Ops!
Maria is an indefatigable supporter of those in the television production
industry and, now with her trainee section, those who want to be in the
television production industry. She knows what's going on, knows what will
work and always has a solution to a crewing dilemma.
If you're looking for television work or seeking the right team to crew a
production call Maria at Calling All Crew. She has Insight and you won't be
Production Services Manager
SBS Broadcast Operations
ph: (02) 9430 3624
m: 0417 064 402
Here at Global we have used Calling All Crew every week, as we source freelance crews for various sporting and studio events in Sydney. By knowing the strength of the personnel she has on her books, she has always offered appropriate crews for these events.
Maria Karambelas has always been contactable, reliable, pleasant and professional in her dealings with us.
Many of the freelance people on her books ask that bookings be made directly with Maria, as this frees up their time to work (and not answer phone calls). We keep in constant contact with Maria so she can check her people across our many jobs, ensuring people turn up on time every time.
Resource Unit Administrator
Global Television PTY LTD
02 9886 33420407 277 088
I have been using Calling all Crew for the past 14 years. My primary source of crew comes from CAC and as always, I get all the crew I need. For The OB Group, this is my ‘one stop shop’ for all my crewing needs. I highly recommend CAC and enjoy our long term relationship.
0412 619 757
"Calling all Crew" have never let us down! Maria is always pleasant, prompt and more than willing to go the extra mile to help out. There has never been a time when Maria has not been able to supply us with the crew we require, regardless of how little notice is provided. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Maria for any of your crewing requirements. Thanks Maria - we couldn't do it without you! :-)
Outside Broadcast Manager
Brisbane - Sydney - Gold Coast, Australia
ph: + 61 7 3013 6222
fax: + 61 7 3013 6299
“If in doubt – call Maria. She’ll get you sorted”
CUTTING EDGE - Outside Broadcast
Direct #02 9317 6607 / Mob# 0402 795 002
Turner Entertainment Networks
I would like to thank Calling All Crew and especially, Maria, for being such a supportive and proactive partner in our shoot requirements. Locating the right people for a 2 city shoot and also problem solving when it was not feasible for us to do so long distance from Hong Kong. I am glad I found them and am sure to use them again. Looking forward to a long and harmonious working relationship. I would like to add that I developed a personal & easy rapport with Maria that made my job so much easier :) Hope to meet Maria in person some day soon !
Tina Das Chowdhury
Sponsorship & Promotions Production Manager
Turner Entertainment Networks Asia
Gearhouse Broadcast Sydney
Supervising Production Manager
02 9313 3110
I have known Maria and her team at Calling All Crew for over 15 years. She is an integral part of the Australian Film and Television Industry, and is passionate about what she does to the nth degree..
Having worked in both Commercial Television and independent productions, the skill of Maria to pick the right person for the right job is impeccable. As a Production Manager, I like to source the best and most dependable crew and CAC help facilitate this every time.
Maria’s continuing enthusiasm is refreshing, and her ongoing support for her ‘crew’ is heartfelt. Her 24/7 dependability helps ease the stress of a last minute production change, which is the industry norm.
I thank Maria and CAC for being such a great help, friendly, enthusiastic and easy to work with. What would we do without you?
Just wanted to send you a big THANK YOU for the help you gave me today and also over all the past five or so years!!!! You really are the best! Thank you Thank you Thank you. The guys have been in contact with me and I will be meeting up with them next week. Yay!
Fabulous to have that load off my shoulders!
Sky Di Pietro
RedMax Entertainment has used the services of Calling All Crew for quite a few years.
The reasons are simple – they always have the right answers, the right people and great SERVICE. You just can’t ask for much more, but if you cap that off with their positive friendly attitude, then you can see why we have continually gone back to CAC year after year – and will continue to do so.”
RedMax Entertainment Pty Ltd
PO Box 109 Chadstone Centre
Chadstone, Victoria 3148 AUSTRALIA
Ph: 61 (0)3 9888 1746
SHOOTING STAR PICTURE COMPANY
The best place to find someone for your project is through a recommendation you trust. I can trust Maria to find me the best available person on the day. The service at Calling All Crew is impeccable. I just tell Maria what I want and she comes back to me with it all sorted. She doesn’t even groan when I move shoot dates on her over and over again. She still keeps up the friendly and efficient service.
SHOOTING STAR PICTURE COMPANY
Suite 60, Upper Deck
Jones Bay Wharf
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Ph: (612) 9660 6969