There is no doubt that moving can be stressful and confusing sometimes, but the truth is that transition or change in itself won’t take place without some form of movement.
The movement from the preproduction stage to the vigorous activity of production is not only a stressful process but sometimes a confusing one. However, one good thing is that regardless of the number of people on a movie set and how disordered it may seem, there are always rules to follow.
Here are five film set etiquette that every cast and crew on set should adopt:
Don’t Run, Be Quiet
The number one rule while on set is to avoid running. Some crew members perform technically detailed and delicate work on set, so running should be avoided no matter what the circumstances or how quickly you want to get things done. Also, efficient filmmaking requires effective communication skills and shouting is not part of those skills. The only person allowed to shout is the Director.
You can see, but you can’t touch
Making films can be a bit like going to primary school, with all the rules of dos and don’ts. Don’t run, don’t shout, don’t tamper with other people’s things, and so on. There are good enough reasons for these rules though; equipment used on film sets are fragile. You need to respect the equipment of every department by not touching or using it without permission. you can look at them, but do not touch them. It does not mean that you shouldn’t render a helping hand when needed.
Don’t be in the Way:
The watchword here is to stay out of the way! On a movie set, there are more than a thousand ways to go wrong than right. To avoid going wrong in this case, you must try not to stand in the way of the actors, crew members carrying equipment, or standing between the director and the camera. Once you hear someone shout “point, coming through” you better watch your steps because some someone and something is coming through.
Have Good Manners
Respect is key guys! Good manners are about respecting yourself and others, no matter their designation. If you naturally do not have good manners, then try putting yourself in others shoes and ask yourself “Do I want to be treated this way?”
The Director is in Charge of the Set
Tasks on the set are distributed to avoid confusion or any form of jeopardy. Everyone is responsible for their workload without having to meddle in other departments work especially that of the director. This basic understanding by everyone working in the production sets things right on the set and gives the director the space they need to focus.
Until next time, you can tell us in the comment section below what your film etiquettes are. Ire o!😊