On-Set Etiquette for First Timers

01 Aug On-Set Etiquette for First Timers

A commercial shoot can be intimidating at first. There are many unspoken rules to being on set for it to run properly. Ben Kinglsey once said “There is so much to do on a film set. It is an extraordinarily invigorating and wonderful place to be, when things are running well.”

Below are some tips for doing your part on-set, to ensure a successful shoot:

  1. Be On-time and Prepared

Or better yet, show up early. This will give you time to introduce yourself to everyone and settle in.

  1. Turn Your Phone Off

There’s no better way to ruin a take and distract everyone than a loud phone going off!

  1. Watch Your Feet

Tripping is embarrassing so watch out for the cables and equipment on set.

  1. Stay Focused on the Job at Hand

It’s best to leave friends and family at home unless special permission is given.

  1. Don’t Mess With Makeup

What you think looks best may not be best on camera. Leave the makeup to the professionals and don’t adjust their work.

  1. Don’t Get in the Way

This may seem like common sense, but if you are not in the shot do not move equipment or walk in front of the camera

  1. Stay Positive

A good attitude is always appreciated by those who work with you.

  1. Be Outgoing

A set is not the place to decide to be shy or withdrawn. The best way to avoid stage fright is to come prepared. It is also advisable to get a good night’s sleep the night before

 Final Thoughts

The basic principles of etiquette on set are similar to the ones you would expect in any line of work. Be courteous, friendly and ready to work and you’ll do just fine.  Follow these basic guidelines and you will increase your chances of being hired again, and enjoy a better industry reputation.

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