Section 1: Film Industry


What is it like working in the film industry?

Working in the film industry is fast-paced and creative as it requires everyone on the crew, in post and pre-production working together effectively to achieve the director’s vision. It is a hierarchy as everyone answers to the director to achieve their vision for the film.




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

Directors have to have a strong sense of authority. As they are responsible for leading a team to create a finished product and command the crew to ensure they are working at their best.

They need to clearly articulate what their production goals so are and be able to work with crew members to accomplish their goals and to prevent any issues.

Showing the ability to create interesting new things)and able to create ideas for storiesbackgroundsmusicand other elements involved in a film production.

Great filmmakers must be able to make firm decisions and stick to them to help ensure production stays on track.

A great filmmaker has a tremendous sense of drive and ambition. Desire to do great things and willing to do whatever it takes to rise to the top of the film industry and create great films.

Good Under Pressure
The best filmmakers are able to cope with pressure well.  Understanding that issues may arise during the shoot and are able to handle the stress.

Open Minded to others ideas
Filmmakers must be open-minded to changes in their ideas and input from others. They take input readily and consider viewpoints without judgment.

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.


***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 important so that problems can quickly address that arise during production. Also being able to identify problems and figure out the best way to fix them.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

Effectively blocking the scene to prevent any issues during the shoot.

To create shot lists and storyboards so you know what shots are needed beforehand.

Creating a production schedule to have something on the shoot so you know if you have enough time.

Making a prop list so you know what props are needed beforehand

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

The key aspects of health and safety are:

Elimination – Not using a location where a hazard exists.

Can a different area be used or a mock-up be used as a substituted.

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If the hazard is enclosed to eliminate the risk.

Somebody is needed to be on watch to make sure that nobody goes near the hazard.

Procedures that can be put in place and blocking to ensure that the risk is minimized.

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

Health and safety considerations for my film were that was that we used a candle so we had to make sure we blew out the flame properly after ever take. Also due to the script we had to make sure that we didn’t give the actors any food that the actors were allergic to. After email the actors we couldn’t serve them onions, wheat, garlic, ginger, chilli, spices or nuts. Also due to as using a microwave we had to be aware when lighting the microwave and if we heat up food.

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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?

Copyright law exists to protect the intellectual property of creators, that are creative expressions from others using and profiting their work without their permission.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

Copyright on your work gives you exclusive rights to people who created the original works, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works. This protection is for to both published and unpublished works.

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

If I used someone else’s copyrighted material and profited from it, I may have to pay them monetary damages, and the court may prohibit me from further using his material without their consent. I may also have to give the copyright owner my profits.

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

I made sure not to infringe copyright law in my film by making I only use material that I own and was original or to credit creators. Also I had to make sure we used music and sound fx we had permission to use.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

Copyright hasn’t really affected the shoot of the film but when using music and sound effects in post production I had to make sure we used music and sound fx we had permission to use.

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


4 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industry

  1. Great work on the time management – good to see your production documents here! You’ve successfully completed 1.2

    For 1.1 you’re almost there – just add a short description of the working culture of the film industry, and what being in the industry might be like.

    Please remember to complete 1.3 by the end of today!


  2. Thank you for adding your thoughts on health & safety. You’ve successfully completed 1.3!

    You’re almost there for 1.1, but it would be good to see a couple more examples of qualities needed in the industry, and try to make your answers less director-centric! Think about the working culture of the industry as a whole.


  3. Thank you for adding the copyright answers, Joel! You’ve successfully completed 1.4 & 1.5. Please just add a bit of detail to 1.1 and you’ll have completed the section!


  4. lfashortcourses March 5, 2018 — 4:15 pm

    Thank you for adding to 1.1 – it’s really still very light, but I can just sign you off for section 1


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