Safety on set is a big concern on every movie production, especially independent film production, where rules are often pushed to their limits. Working with torches is especially concerning because of the dangers associated with fire. If possible, consult the fire department or hire a special effects supervisor to ensure safety to the film crew and cast.
- Obviously before doing anything with fire…or anything dangerous on set,…you need to thoroughly test it and be very aware…of ever potential injury so you can prevent it.…We kept the fire and all fire materials…away from cast and crew, away from food,…and always had a full bucket of water in case…something needs to be extinguished.…I also bought a bunch of gloves so that the crew…didn't get any fuel on their skin.…Not only to prevent possible irritation,…but also so that people didn't have anything flammable…on them while they were working with fire.…For our one shot with Andrew Trevaglini holding the torch,…which might have been the most dangerous thing…we did on the set, we shot in pretty tight…so we could have people standing just out of frame…next to him in case something caught on fire.…
We also made sure that the torch was a pretty long torch…and that he never held it up high so that falling debris…from the torch would fall on him or his clothing.…And of course we made sure to keep him at a safe distance…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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