Section 1: Film Industry

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What is it like working in the film industry?

 This question is subjective since this question can have different answers for each different role in the film industry. However, there is a general feeling that it is a competitive industry and everyone is searching for success. A runner may have a slog starting out because their job may seem so menial at times, but if they are successful and have a good agent, they can become directors but not everyone will take the same route.


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

  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Smart in their work
  • Don’t take anything personally. You’re just not what they’re looking for right now. Move on.
  • Always be on time
  • Try not to miss deadlines
  • Ask questions
  • Authority. This is subjective
  • Earn respect
  • Take 10 at lunch



Why is time management important in the film industry? 

Time management is one of the most important skills in any job, but especially in the film industry. Depending on what you’re shooting, it’s going to take time, one must plan accordingly in order to get all that they want to shoot. A director will probably change things and an editor will cut scenes out, but nevertheless, time is needed to get every important scene.


Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

  • Having a good timetable
  • Being communicative with the crew
  • Not spending too long on unnecessary shots
  • Being aware of time

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

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Spaghetti 29 Oct[4701]

BFI Academy CALLSHEET The End 26 Oct[4702]



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

  • Being careful with anything sharp or electrical
  • Going over and making sure no one will get hurt during a stunt


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

  • Use of cutlery
  • Allergies of the lead actor
  • Cooking food

***please upload the risk assessment for your primary shoot

BFI Academy Risk Assessment THE END 26 Oct[4705]

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI 29 Oct[4704]

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?

To protect creative properties. Every film ever made has copyright attached to it so that works are not stolen and that the top people who worked on the creative project are receiving compensation for their work being used in another project. For example, it is expected that music in a film unless it was public domain, is paid for by the film’s production company otherwise there can be legal trouble if the music was used without permission. 

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

 Works covered by copyright include literary works such as books or song lyrics, dramatic works such as plays and dance compositions, music, artistic works such as photographs or a painting or a logo and etc.,  magazines, other types of sound recordings and films. 

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

Material that is not in public domain, cannot simply be taken and put into a film. A production company must ask for permission to use the copyrighted material. This has consequences because it is illegal to copy, rent, perform or adapt without having consent first, leads to legal troubles which could prevent profit from going to the film. 

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

A crew must make sure that every creative property used has permission to be used and that using music in a film can be easy by using music that has been made free to use. 

How has copyright law affected your film production?

For my film production, the biggest problem that copyright law has posed, is the use of music, the director chose copyright-free music which was in the public domain.


3 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industry”

  1. Great work here, Max! You’ve successfully completed 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 & 1.5

    For 1.3, you’re almost there, but as you were very specific about health & safety issues on your film, it would be good to see a bit more detail on the key aspects for all shoots. Your risk assessment can help with this, but think about long hours, food/drink, fire hazards, etc.


  2. Thank you for uploading your risk assessment, you’ve now just done enough to complete section 1 – but I would have preferred more detail on health and safety.


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