Section 1: Film Industry

1.1 – What is it like working in the film industry?

Working in the film industry can be very difficult and demanding, however it seems as though, in a sense there is more of a sense of flexibility. You don’t have to know exactly what job you want to do from the very moment you finish school, and you can change career paths when you get to know yourself and what you want to do better.

On the other hand, there can be a lot of pressure. Everyone is expected to get their jobs done, and having connections is a major part of finding work in film. There are often high stress situations where you have to be able to compose yourself and do your job, which can be difficult at times.

Overall, working in the film industry might not be for everyone, but from what I’ve experienced so far, it is a very supportive community of creative individuals who want to do just that — create.

BFI Academy timetable 2017

Give 10 examples of qualities you need to work in the film industry:

(In no particular order:)

  1. Creativity
  2. Communication
  3. Flexibility
  4. Organisation
  5. Dedication
  6. Inspiration
  7. Resilience
  8. Patience
  9. Team work
  10. Individuality

1.2 – Why is time management important in the film industry? 

Good time management is paramount to being organised and prepared, everything that you will need to make your job, and frankly your life, easier. It can also help your team to feel supported and structured, making everyone more efficient in their role, allowing you to save time and money, and know what you are doing.

The End filming schedule

Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

  1. the ability to prioritise
  2. organisation
  3. Focus
  4. Communication
  5. Decision making

spaghetti shot list

Spaghetti props list

Spaghetti story board

The End filming schedule

The End storyboard

The End second storyboard

1.3 – Describe the key aspects of health and safety when working on film productions 

The health and safety of everyone in film production is extremely important. Legally, it is also important, as if anything were to happen, and it was something avoidable, the production company, or the director would be legally responsible. Not to mention morally, it is extremely important for everyone to be safe and looked after.

Describe at least 3 health and safety considerations for your own film

  1. All equipment will be safe checked, and a ‘no food or drink’ rule established to avoid any other accidents. For example, on the short film ‘Good Food’ we had food on set (spaghetti) for the shot, and we made sure to keep it a safe distance away from the equipment to avoid accidents.
  2. The crew and cast will be taken through appropriate training and/or told what is suitable and what is expected of them. For example, in both short films I worked o, our tutors went through all the health and safety rules like taping down wires, not leaving things in the way etc.
  3. The health and safety team will be consulted if there is any doubt on any health and safety related thing e.g on the short film ‘Good Food’, the director wanted a candle on set, which could be a potential hazard, therefore we consulted the health and safety team and we made sure the candle was only lit for the shots needed and blown out as soon as the cut ended. As the script supervisor, I was responsible for this job in out crew.

The end call sheet

Spaghetti call sheet

The End Risk Assessment

Spaghetti risk assesment

All relevant documentation is also listed in the portfolio of each short film (links below):

‘Spaghetti’ and ‘The End’.

1.4 & 1.5 – summarise the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom

Why does copyright law exist? 

The copyright law exists to give creators the right to control the ways in which their materials are used, as well as give them protection over their work (for example, it stops people from stealing or copying their work). It allows them to have creative control and it makes sure that they can legally ‘own’ their work.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

Literary, dramatic (plays, dances…), musical, artistic, typographical arrangement of published editions, sound recording, film and computer programs.

What might happen if you were to use copyrighted material in your film?

If I were to violate the copyright law and be found guilty of copyright infringement I could be forced to pay a fine ranging from 200 to 150 000 dollars, depending on what exactly happened, and if so, how much profit was made from it.

How can you make sure not to infringe copyright law in your film?

 By only using content that I have created myself or the is royalty free, and completely free to use, edit and make money from. If I really need to use something, I can contact the owner and I could get permission to use only an of their film or whatever they have made making sure I give them full credit and mention them.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

Copyright law has definitely affected my film production. For example, as the editor of the short film ‘The End’, I was asked by the director for something to be added that we had not filmed ourselves, nor had we the props to film it and record the audio. We searched for royalty free audio and video, however we were unable to find something we could use ourselves that was what she wanted. We ended up settling for not using that specific shot.

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One thought on “Section 1: Film Industry

  1. Thank you for your responses, Lea! Great thoughts. You’ve now successfully completed Section 1. Please remember to upload your call sheets, schedules, risk assessments etc.

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