Section 1: Film Industry

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What is it like working in the film industry?

The film industry is a challenging working sector as it requires many sets of skills to work on set and off set. It is important to keep consistency doing your job as it your role is essential for running the whole production. Every role exists for a reason and while it is pressuring, it pushes aspiring film industry professionals to strive to do better.

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

Creativity is the fuel for quality content.

Organisation is a skill needed. A film set requires so many roles and it is important to keep on track with your schedule otherwise otherwise your mistake can disrupt your team.

Be technologically savvy as it is important in this generation where connections can be made and kept via social media.

Be professional and set personal problems aside. It is guaranteed that some personalities will clash in a collaborative environment but it should not interrupt a task.

Have vision. You should have hopes as to what to expect by the end of your project.

Communication is key. Every role in the film industry is essential to the whole process of making things run properly. It’s everyone’s job to communicate work related topics to people who are allocated to know.

Pay attention to detail because every object and subject matters in all frames.

Good listening is essential.

Have time management. People are too busy focusing on their own roles to consider the reasons why your lateness caused disruption to the crew.

Be ambitious. The film industry is highly competitive and has limited places. There will be rejection at most times but ambition will be visible in your work.


Why is time management important in the film industry? 

Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills

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

Always check your schedule in case of any recent changes or updates made by your crew.

It is better to make at least half an hour to 15 minutes early arrival to the shooting day than being late.

Keeping track of the time for breaks

Prior to shooting, I made sure to email the actors as soon as I got hold of their contact details to question their food allergies. This quick act allowed the actors to have time for response before the shooting. I was prepared with the information that one of the actors were vegetarian and added vegetarian snacks to my shopping list. Having said that, I had learnt that it is key to consider providing various options of snacks and drinks for all sorts of diets.

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Worst Kind Oct 28 (1)

BFI Academy CALLSHEET Spaghetti 29 Oct


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

Hazards such as lights, electrical wires and health restrictions are key when working on films. These problems have to be addressed during pre-production in order to avoid them. For example, if one of the actors have a health issue such a food allergy, the prop can be replaced with another which meets the actor’s requirements. Another example is, if the electrical wires are all over the floor, they can cause people getting their feet caught and falling so tying the wires altogether with velcro material can deter future hazards.

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


Electricity and cables away from water.

Workplace fire prevention

Work at height

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

BFI Academy Risk Assessment SPAGHETTI

BFI Academy Risk Assessment WORST KIND 28 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?

The Founding Fathers understood that the copyright law intends to understand different sides. First and foremost, they realised that the public took advantage from individuals’ creative content, whereas, they also took note that future creators needed an intent or motivation to create. In conclusion, an incentive was included in the Constitution: granting Congress with the power to bestow creators the exclusive right to be in charge of their creation for a limited period of time.

What kind of work is covered by copyright?

There are multifarious forms that are covered by copyright and the examples are; literary works, musical works, including any accompanying words, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, architectural plans, drawings and actual buildings

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

 They may get charged guilty of copyright infringement and if in some case they commercially benefited from the copyrighted material, monetary damages have to be paid to the creator.

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

 Check all materials that the copyright law protects and examine if they are copyright protected or ask for the creator’s consent to credit their creation in your film.

How has copyright law affected your film production?

When editing Spaghetti, I had to use non-copyright protected websites to download sounds and search for creators who don’t copyright their content. This limited materials I could use for sound and also restricts me from using content that an audience could be familiar with such as music, making the film have no intertextuality in terms of its soundtrack.

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3 thoughts on “Section 1: Film Industry”

  1. Good work, Yoojin, you’re almost there for the 3 sections!

    For 1.1 – please add a brief overview of the working culture of the film industry more generally

    For 1.2 – please add a general overview of why time management is important in the industry

    For 1.3 – please remember to outline the key aspects of health & safety on set!


  2. Good start here, Yoojin, please remember to update 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3 in line with my comments above!

    For sections 1.4 & 1.5 you’re almost there! Please just work on your first answer (about the existence of copyright law) so it references UK, rather than US, law.


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