When it comes to working on sets, your #1 priority should be safety
Film sets are crawling with potentially dangerous equipment, like hot lights, temporary cables and lots of equipment cases. Mishandling any of these things can lead to some very serious situations. It's important to know how to make your set as secure as possible.
- Tech scout: Always tech scout your locations. Locate potential hazards, power sources, and escape routes in case of an emergency.
- Separate your circuits: You don't want to blow a fuse by overloading a circuit.
- Locate the breaker box: Just in case you do blow a fuse or breaker, it's good to know where the electrical service panel is before all the lights go out. NOTE: Signs should be posted for location of breaker box/breaker box room.
- Be Fire Marshal compliant: Make sure there is a safe way to exit the building if there's an emergency. Don't block exits or doorways, and always make sure there is at least 2 feet of space along your emergency route.
- Manage and organize cables: When directed, tape down all of your cables so people don't trip on them. This rule varies, so always check preferences with the Unit Production Manager, Production Coordinator and/or AD. ALWAYS REQUEST EXTENSION CORDS WITH YOUR LIGHTING ORDER!
- Communicate with your crew: Whether you're rounding a corner carrying a C-stand or striking a light, it's always a good idea to communicate with your crew clearly and often.
- Use a C-stand correctly: C-stands fly some potentially dangerous stuff, like heavy, hot lights, so learn how to use one properly so it doesn't tip or trip anyone. USE 25 LB. SANDBAGS FOR C-STANDS! 15 LB. BAGS SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR LIGHTER STANDS SUCH AS MAXI-STANDS!