Section 1: Film Industry

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What is it like working in the film industry?

Working in the industry is a highly demanding job, regardless of the role. However saying this, to work in the industry you must be a extremely passionate about film which means that working in the industry results in being surrounded by like minded individuals, which can result in yes, a demanding job but also a positive and creative environment. A key part of working in the industry is teamwork as without teamwork and the creative collaboration of individuals, hardly any of the excellent films made would’ve been able to make it past the stage of one individuals idea. To work in the film industry, and be successful, you have to be pleasant to work with- even if someone is excellent within their chosen field, if they are a nightmare on set, they may sever potential relationships/ contacts for future work, working in the film industry also requires the ability to network as having a good and respected relationship with others in the industry often assists you in finding work.   The film industry is cutthroat which means being determined and passionate is key.

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


The ability to work in a team is crucial, it can often make of break a film.


Without any form of solid organisation, a film would simply not be able to be made.


Being Passionate about film itself and especially your chosen field is crucial, this is because a strong sense of passion will result not only in the highest quality of work, but also enjoyment in creating that work.


Without a hardworking quality, you will not be able to fully complete the work within the deadlines- which will not only damage you but will also have a negative impact on your crew. If you aren’t hardworking you will be seen to have a lazy attitude- which will hinder your networking and cause problems both on and off set.


Without being decisive, the Set will loose track of time and therefore money. Decisions need to be made constantly for films to progress and without someone being able to make decisions- whether they are creative, technical or business, the film would never develop.


When working on a set you will be surrounded by like minded, creative, people… the others on set are bound to have some brilliant ideas, both in and outside of their chosen field. You should also be able to take constructive criticism as if you are unable to, and instead get offended by any critique… it can lead to your work not being the best it can be, and will prevent you from improving yourself and your work.


The ability to solve problems is crucial, it is extremely unlikely that no form of problem will arise on set, people are bound to make mistakes and there are bound to be issues that need to be solved, the ability to do this quickly and efficiently is important as it will assist in the development of the film/ work on set.


When being involved in making a film, as a film maker you will be subjected to constant pressure, you need to be able to continue to work under the pressure and not panic or crumble, this is a key quality in this industry.


Punctuality is equally as important as a lot of the qualities listed above, turning up late to every set/ work opportunity is extremely frustrating for those working alongside you and will quickly give you a bad reputation and could lead to you loosing jobs and not gaining future employment


Ambition is key, along side persistence… in this industry you need to have ambition and drive to be able to push yourself forward in this industry, in the beginning – work opportunities don’t find you, you need to find them which means having both ambition and persistence is crucial.


Why is time management important in the film industry? 

Time management is crucial, there is a phrase which rings true – ‘Time is Money’, this is especially true of the film industry. There are tight schedules for all aspects of film making whether it is pre production, production or post, and if these schedules aren’t adhered to, it can cause issues for the film both in regards to money and the films budget, but also in regards to pressure put onto the crew as well as the quality of the film- as being behind on schedule can lead to decisions having to be made regarding the creative aspects which can lead to cutting certain scenes or shots – simply because there isn’t enough time.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

Good Scheduling- A good Schedule can assist in tracking progress.  Planning is a vital aspect of Pre-Production, which is crucial for the progression of the rest of the film.

Time management is crucial because if people on set feel pressured by time, it can lead to people not producing the highest quality of work possible.

Ensuring people know their roles and tasks for each individual day/ shot can ensure that people are confident in what they are doing and allows a tight time schedule and no wasted time.

prioritizing importance of tasks is crucial, in many cases some aspects will have to be abandoned- this will not destroy a film as long as it was not a crucial aspect within the film.

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

BFI Academy CALLSHEET The End 26 Oct
BFI Academy CALLSHEET Spaghetti 29 Oct


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

 The Key aspects of Health and safety when working on a film is to ensure the safety of the cast and crew at all times. A key aspect of health and safety is to be prepared prior to filming to ensure that all possible safety hazards have been mapped out and prepared for.


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

The lifting of heavy objects and equipment.

manoeuvring on a crowded set.

Electrical aspects creating hazards as well as wires creating trip hazards.


***please upload the risk assessment for both your shoots

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 Oct
BFI Academy Risk Assessment THE END 26 Oct

1.4 & 1.5 


Why does copyright law exist?

 To protect the work  of the original creator/s – it does not protect the ideas, systems, facts or methods.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

 Copyright law protects original works of authorship including  literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. It can include works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. 

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

 It would result in a possible suing by the copyrighted material’s owner for infringement.

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. Great thoughts so far Dora, you’ve successfully completed 1.1

    Please remember to have 1.2 & 1.3 done by the end of today – don’t forget to upload all your production documents!


  2. Good work here, Dora. Thank you for uploading the rest of the section – please remember to finish the copyright section by the end of the week.

    You’ve now successfully completed 1.2, 1.3 & 1.4 – please remember to upload the schedule for your shoot!


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