When working on a movie set, there are certain rules about film etiquette and how to act on a film set. These film production rules and filmmaking best practices are to ensure the safety of both the cast and crew. Following rules for on-set behavior can also help with communication throughout the filmmaking workflow.
- Filmmakers love to invent terminology and rules…for on-set behavior.…Some of it's kind of pointless, but some of it…only seems pointless but it's actually really important.…It's crucial to understand the rules of how to act on set.…And while I can't possibly teach you all the rules…of filmmaking etiquette in a tutorial, I'd like to share…with you a few of the most commonly broken rules…that I have seen by people new to a film set.…The overarching theme here is to be aware that this…is a professional working environment, and there are…a lot of moving pieces.…Everyone has their own sphere and influence…and responsibility, and it's important that…those boundaries are respected.…
For example, if you plug in a little heater to stay warm,…you could blow a fuse, which might create…a lot of time-consuming problems.…Talk to the gaffer if you want to plug something in…close to set.…It's important to respect not only the gaffer,…but all of the department heads.…Don't touch lights or cameras even if you know…how to use them.…
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 Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Up and Running with DSLR Filmmakingwith Chad Perkins1h 10m Appropriate for all
"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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