By: Nazia Adnin
You know once David Elkins (1st assistant cameraman) said in his book that “the first time you step onto a professional film set you may feel like a stranger in a foreign land.” And it is very true especially if you are a newbie on set. Sometimes newbies are cocky, or naive, or shy, or late. Most of the time it’s unintentional. But to be a pro on movie set you need to learn the movie set ethics and be familiar with the language and terms used on set. Do your best to avoid these 5 dumb mistakes on set and pay attention to every detail.
#1 Being late:
On first day nobody walks into a movie set knowing everything specially a newbie.So, it is better to drop the attitude and try to learn as much as you can.I remember my first day as PA on a set.I had no clue what was going on and was so lost.It was a great experience which taught me to be prepared from next time.
No film school,books or website can teach the things you would learn from real-world experience on set. Each film,each crew is different and teaches us something new or polishes previous experiences. On sets you would meet people with years of experiences or with zero experiences. Therefore, you have to pretend you are on the same level with them whether you are a newbie or experienced crew member. Being nice and eager is the best attitude to adapt on film sets.