Keeping cast and crew members safe is an important component of making a film. Cast and crew on a movie set can be severely injured by the large and heavy camera gear and lighting rigs, or by stunts and props, or by movie special effects such as explosions. Communication is one of the keys to safe filmmaking.
- Nothing is more important than safety on-set.…With all the gear, stunts, people,…and everything else going on on any given set,…there are a million ways to get seriously hurt…or even killed.…While The Assurance was in post-production,…a camera assistant named Sarah Jones…was hit by a train and killed…while working on set in Georgia.…No film is worth the loss of human life.…So, how do you stay safe?…Well, it starts by being very aware…of the heavy camera and lighting gear…that's on almost every set.…Don't touch gear unless it's your responsibility,…even if you're familiar with the equipment.…
If you're in a position where you set up gear,…never leave anything set up in a precarious way.…You place dirt, or in other words a sandbag,…to secure C-stands, light stands,…cranes, tripods, or anything else heavy that might tip over.…Now, of course we'll look a lot more on C-stands…in the training series on cinematography,…but with setting them up…you wanna put the weight on the right side of the arm…when the grip head is facing you, like this,…
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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