Codes of conduct on a film set is not exclusive to any set of roles in a production. It is the order of rules by which the filming set thrives. Not knowing the code of conduct on set, places you at risk of becoming a catalyst that could be inimical to the entire process.
Just like every organization, there are laid down rules to guide and keep all activities in check. The same is applicable to a filming set. Crew members who are newbies must endeavor to learn about and maintain these boundaries so that the production can be hitch-free.
Every player in the film industry has a responsibility that he/she needs to carry out, however if expectations are not defined for each role, it breeds misunderstanding and conflict of interests which affects production. Here are what first timers on a film set need to know.
- SELF INTRODUCTION.
Getting on a film set it is important you learn to always introduce yourself and get acquainted with everyone on set. Introducing yourself is the number one rule of good manners and the best way to make contact with other crew members for easy, smooth, friendly and a fun work experience.
- ALWAYS BE PRESENT.
Do not leave the set without notifying anyone. Regardless of how important or less important you feel your role is in the filming process, make sure to always be present. Remember, not being present or disappearing from your workplace is a red flag in any job.
So always be sure to notify someone close to you or whoever is in charge of your whereabouts, be it you wanting to use the toilet or taking a break.
- BE ATTENTIVE
Being attentive on a film set is very important for first timers, it helps you know when you are spoken to, or when needed to carry out a particular duty.
Being attentive on a filming set varies in different ways. It requires following the director’s instructions, carefully listening to other crew members, muting your devices because once the director gives the “action” order, it calls for decorum except for the actors doing their job.
As a precaution, be careful where you plug in your devices to charge any of your gadgets, to be sure that it doesn’t clash with other relevant equipment on set.
- KNOW YOUR PLACE.
In a film set, every worker is a vital body organ.You have to always remember that no matter what you do or the position you are given, that everyone is very much important to the success of the production.
As a first timer, it is best advised to avoid the temptation of advising the director on how to block a scene or a makeup artist how to do the job if not asked. Such an act demeans the position of other players. Since you know what your job is about, it is best you focus on doing just that.
- DRESS DECENTLY.
As much as the film set is not a bank or corporate office that has strict dress-codes, be mindful of the outfit you put on to a film set. For color combinations, avoid bright color outfits like yellow, white and light grey. These colors can one way or the other affect the lighting of a screen.
As there are modalities in every organized setting, so is the film industry with its own laid down code of conduct and we have shared tips to get you in the know. Best bet is to put up the most ideal disposition on your first time on a film set and enjoy the production process.
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