Section 1: Film Industry

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What makes a good filmmaker?

  1. Authority
    Great filmmakers must have a strong sense of authority. They are responsible for leading a team to create an outstanding finished product and must command the team to ensure they are working at their best.
  2. Communication
    Great filmmakers must have excellent communication skills. They must be able to clearly articulate what their production goals are and be able to work with all team members to accomplish that goal.
  3. Creativity
    They must be very creative, and able to generate ideas for stories, backgrounds, music, and other elements involved in a film production.
  4. Decisiveness
    Great filmmakers must be able to make firm decisions and stick to them to help ensure production stays on track.
  5. Drive
    A great filmmaker has a tremendous sense of drive and ambition. He or she is willing to do whatever it takes to rise to the top of the industry and make great films.
  6. Grace Under Pressure
    Great filmmakers are able to handle pressure well. They understand that complications will arise during the filmmaking process and are able to handle the stress.
  7. Open Minded
    Great filmmakers are open-minded to changes in their ideas. They accept input readily and consider other points of view without judgment.
  8. Problem Solving
    Great filmmakers can quickly address problems that arise during production. They are able to identify problems and figure out the best way to fix them.
  9. Technologically Savvy
    A great filmmaker is familiar with many, if not all, of the technological elements that are involved in the film making process, and has a grasp on what is feasible and what is not.
  10. Vision
    Great filmmakers have terrific vision and can see the film from its conception through to its final product. They never lose sight of the ultimate goal.





Why is time management important in the film industry? 

Time management is important because:

-time is money: if shooting runs over time then the costs of staffing and equipment will increase

-if timings and schedules are not adhered to then this can force the production team and actors to wait around or work longer than they should have to, leading to a negative working environment and low morale

-if schedules are stuck to then this makes it more likely that the project will meet its deadline and stick to its budget

-good time management can reduce stress, you don’t feel rushed and can do your work in a good state of mind.

-It’s a competitive industry so you need to demonstrate you can turn up on time and work effectively while you are there.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

1. Creating a realistic deadline for all the tasks that need to be completed and a tick list of all the things that need to be done to complete them

2. Ensuring that the timings for the shoot allow for the shots on the storyboard to take some time to prepare

3. Prioritise – isolate and identify the tasks that are most o,portent in carrying out your role.

4. Spend time planning and organising using time to think and plan so time is well-spent.


Shot Schedule- The End



Shot plan- Spaghetti


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 

 It’s a three step process

  1. Identify all the hazards- common hazards include tripping hazards, lifting hazards and camera risks
  2. Evaluate the risks
  3. Identify measures to control the risks

Then put in place safeguards to eliminate or minimise risk. You should make a record of any risk assessment to ensure the crew are clear on how to stay safe. This can save time during your shoot. Listening to each other, respecting a chain of command, looking after equipment properly, and not rushing, will all help to keep people safe and happy.


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

  1. We made sure cables were out of the way and reminded people of their location in case their were in a proximity that could cause an accident
  2. We secured the suspended light above the actors
  3. We made sure we didn’t have any liquids aside from closed bottles in order to avoid electrical hazards

BFI Academy Risk Assessment THE END 26 Oct

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 Oct


1.4 & 1.5 


***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom


Why does copyright law exist?


What kind of work is covered by copyright?


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


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


How has copyright law affected your film production?


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


2 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industry”

  1. Great work here Sherinne! You’ve successfully completed 1.2 & 1.3

    For 1.1 – you’re almost there! Just add a brief overview of the working culture of the film industry more generally – very good thoughts so far.


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