Section 1: Film Industries

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What is it like working in the film industry?

The film industry is fast paced and therefore you have to be quick on your feet and make sure everything happens according to the schedule. This can make things stressful, but if everything is done according to schedule, then things will go smoothly.

Furthermore, it is about teamwork, especially in this fast paces environment. Different departments of the crew must collaborate in order to diffuse the stress and create something everyone will be proud of, once the film is completed. Working in the film industry is hard work, and you have to have thick skin in order to make it through, otherwise people will walk all over you unless you have a backbone and stick to what you want, and this can help you succeed.

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

  1. Communication
  2. Decisiveness
  3. Problem solving
  4. Handle pressure well
  5. Creative
  6. Patient
  7. Open-minded
  8. Quick on your feet
  9. Good listener
  10. Understand the technology

***The links below may help if you need more info after your masterclass with Rupert:

Useful for job roles and progression as well as information about the industry

Good introduction to working in the industry

Further articles:
10 commandments of film making

Seven arts of working in film
Essential personal traits of filmmakers
Top 10 qualities of a great filmmaker


Why is time management important in the film industry? 


If things do not happen on time and go over the schedule, then there will be problems because the entire schedule will need shifting. If shooting on location, then the location manager would have to ask for permission for extra time shooting, which might not be allowed. Therefore, time management is important in the film industry because otherwise, it would be very difficult to finish the film.

Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

  1. Decision making
  2. Problem solving
  3. Teamwork
  4. Strategic thinking

***please upload the call sheets for your two shoots, and any other production documentation (schedules etc)

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Spaghetti 29 Oct

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Worst Kind Oct 28

BFI Academy Risk Assessment WORST KIND 28 Oct

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 Oct



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


It’s important to look where you’re going, as there are a lot of heavy and expensive equipment around which will be very hard to replace.

If in a rush, people might not look where they’re going properly or will miss a hazard, and therefore might trip over equipment and injure themselves, so it’s important to move things out of the way and put them where they belong, or just push them aside away from everyone.

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

  1. The surroundings may be dark, so it is important to have adequate lighting so everyone can see their surroundings and won’t injure themselves.
  2. If everyone is in a rush, it’s important and safe to put certain equipment in a different place so that no one will get injured if they don’t see it.
  3. Certain equipment may be heavy, such as the camera, and people should be careful when lifting them and if they find it difficult, they should ask for help from others.

***please upload the risk assessment for your primary shoot

1.4 & 1.5 

***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom

Why does copyright law exist? 

To protect individuals’ original work from being copied/stolen without their consent.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

  •  Literary (e.g. lyrics, manuscripts, articles)
  • Dramatic (e.g. plays)
  • Artistic (e.g. photography)
  • Film

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


If copyrighted material is used, you may be sent to court and have to pay a fine of up to £50,000, or serve jail time in some serious cases.

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


In order to not infringe copyright law, you must make sure that you have properly licensed the material and have permission from anyone directly involved in the making of the copyrighted material.

How has copyright law affected your film production?


Copyright law has not affected my film production, as we have used only our own original content for the entire production.

***You might also find the following links useful to complete this section: 

2 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industries”

  1. Good work here Selin, you’ve successfully completed 1.2 & 1.3 (although please upload the documentation so it appears as a downloadable link, rather than as it is now!)

    For 1.1 – you’re almost there. Please expand on the working culture of the film industry more generally in answer to the first question. Think about what it’s like being in the industry beyond the experience of being on set!


  2. Thank you for adding to 1.1! You’ve now completed this section, with your responses for 1.4 & 1.5 (though a little more detail would be great) this means you’ve completed Section 1!


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