Film Set Etiquette

17 Quick Tips…

A lot of people probably think it just comes down to common sense when behaving correctly on a film set.  However there are times when we all need to re assess the way we work on a film set whether that be on a low budget short or high end feature film.  We all need to respect each other and most of all get the job done.

So here are some tips to help you understand the importance of film set etiquette:

  • Be polite, say please and thank you.
  • Respect the chain of command.
  • Learn peoples names quickly, this goes a long way, introduce yourself.
  • Be prompt to the set arrive 15 minutes early and map out your day in your head.  Prepare yourself.
  • Take the initiative when you know something needs to be done asap.  Work hard.
  • If you need to go off set for a toilet break or collect something for another department, tell the head of your department or the next important person on the chain.
  • Don’t be an ass.
  • If want to help another department ask first.
  • Do not touch any equipment or move anything that you do not have permission to do so.  Always ask prior to touching or moving anything.
  • Stay out of the actors eye line, keep of their gaze as you will distract them.
  • Don’t run on a set, big no no you could slip, fall over, hurt yourself and potentially others.  Brisk walk with calculated route is a must.
  • Be sure to always know where the camera is you don’t want to be the one who ruins a shot for just sitting around because you were chatting up the make-up artist.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
  • Safety is paramount.  Be careful at all times.
  • Communication is key for every role to run smoothly.
  • Leave your problems at home.
  • Remember to enjoy your time on set.

Really hope this helps next time you get called onto a film set!

Until next time…

Keep Shooting!

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