Today, the third of the three initial course offerings: Set Safety. If you’ve visited before, you know the classes are free and that to take the class you can go to Course page from here where you can read all about it and register in no time at all. So why “Safety” as the third course?
Accidents happen all the time in all work environments. Film sets can be dangerous places with lots of trucks and equipment including extremely hot lights requiring a lot of electrical power. This course is intended to supplement specific safety courses and instruction from technical experts. Check out the resource links to find more information about safety on set.
For a long time the training for film students involved how to work with and protect the expensive equipment. Rudimentary safety practices from other industries were not really taught to film students as the passion of filmmaking was being stoked. All of that changed because of accidents and serious injuries over the years. Safety is now a hot button issue at many film schools. What’s interesting to note is that it’s not always the stunt car shattering a plate glass window and landing in a parking lot four stories below that requires safety training. Those huge stunts are extremely well planned and well executed (and not part of student film productions). Most set injuries that cost money, time and a good bit of human pain are from routine activities and they can be avoided. This course is designed for anyone who doesn’t realize that the movie making process is really a manufacturing process and that there are inherent dangers that should be addressed.
Through a series of short videos you will get a look at some of the routine safety issues that you can guard against. You’ll also get some solid tips for keeping your crew and cast safe when working in difficult conditions. Remember, the care and safety of a crew are ultimately in the hands of the producer so take that responsibility seriously. I hope you enjoy the course and look forward to your comments. And most importantly, I hope you take set safety very seriously.