Section 1: Film Industry

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What is it like working in the film industry?


Working in the film industry is an exciting and thrilling position to be in. However, it is glamorized by the media so the real reality of it is not often portrayed. The film industry is difficult to break into, as it is essentially all about networking and knowing certain people in certai positions in order to get your foot in the door. And once you find yourself within the industry, most jobs within it can be arduous, time-consuming and deflating after hours. But the passion that people have towards their jobs within the industry is enough to keep them excited and happy about their position. The industry has a multitude of jobs to offer, from working on set, to working on post production, t working on the exhibition side of film. It is suited to creative and scientific people as well, making it simple to transfer from other art mediums to the film industry, like many people have.


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



Good time management

Good listener





Friendly (to people you collaborate with)

Team worker




***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? 


Time management is essential within the film industry because it is important to adhere to the production schedule, therefore if cast or crew are late to set, it can ruin the production schedule, thus less shots are filmed during the day. Also, crew will have to be payed if they work over the hours they are initially being payed. It also shows a lot about a person if they are able to adhere to time allocated schedules. If a crew member is extremely late to set, it could tarnish their reputation within the industry.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

By creating a  good schedule , it  will help the production run smoothly and create a sense of a plan so people are more aware to be efficient and allows the production crew to have room for error, in the case they run overtime with another scene.



There should be time to allow the shots on the storyboard to be created, so creating time for moving the camera and setting it up is highly important.

There should be prioritisation for the tasks that are the most important within each role of a film

Time should be well spent but also allow breaks for cast and crew so they aren’t  overworked and have energy to continue to work.

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Worst Kind Oct 28

BFI Academy CALLSHEET The End 26 Oct




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


There are many key aspects of health and safety when working on a film production. Overall, the aim is to protect the crew so they are not in danger of injuring themselves. Also, the aim is to make sure that equipment is not damaged during the shoot, as if damage is caused to the equipment it may prolong the filming process and the cost of production will rise. Furthermore, another key aspect of health and safety when working on film productions is making sure that risk assessments have been completed by the production manager, to ensure that the cast and crew are aware of the dangers on set and that all pre-cautions have been made to prevent anything bad from happening



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

We had to consider the fact that there was an actor smoking in the vast majority of the shots within the film, so we had to close the door in order to prevent the smoke alarm going off.

Furthermore, we had to consider that the cast and crew were tired towards the end of the shoot, due to difficulty in capturing a certain shot at the end of the shoot due to the sound of planes being picked up on the boom.

Moreover, we had to consider the manual handling of heavy equipment, as we had to move multiple things away in order to have them not in shot

BFI Academy Risk Assessment WORST KIND 28 Oct

BFI Academy Risk Assessment THE END 26 Oct 

1.4 & 1.5 


Why does copyright law exist?

The copyright law exists in order to give rights to creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, sound recordings, broadcasts and films control of their creations, ensuring that their work is protected,

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

Anything in regards to the arts is essentially protected by copyright. Moe precisely, things under themes such as:




Typographical arrangement of published editions

Sound recording


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

If one was caught using copyright materials, they could potentially get charged of copyright infringement. In the case that they gain money from their usage of copyrighted materials, they may have to pay damages towards the original creator of the film

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

To make sure we don’t infringe copyright law in our film, we need to ensure that we have all acceptable permission and rights for everything in our film, in particular the music and use of brands. Alternatively, we can use royalty free music in order to escape the hassle of asking for permission.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

When editing the trailers for the three films created on the course, I had to use non-copyrighted music from a website offering a variety of copyright free music so I could avoid the problem of facing copyright infringement

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

3 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industry”

  1. Good work here Dora – you have some great thoughts on the working culture of the film industry and have successfully completed 1.1.

    You’re almost there with 1.2 – I just need you to describe 4 good time management skills, as well as uploading your call sheets! Think about ways you demonstrated good time management throughout the shoot and in pre-production.

    You’re almost there for 1.3 as well – just remember that the First AD is responsible for the risk assessment! Additionally, add a little more detail to the health & safety considerations of Ben smoking. How did you ensure the safety of your crew, as well as the 2 actors?


  2. Thank you for starting the copyright section, please remember to finish this section off as per my notes above by the end of the week. You’ve still only completed 1.1, but you’re almost there!


  3. Thank you for adding to these sections, Dora. Some details are still a little hazy when it comes to health & safety, but you have done enough to complete section 1.


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