Your first time on set? Your 1000th? No matter how many times you’ve worked a film or TV set, it’s important to remember setiquette. That’s a fun way of saying “on set etiquette.” The little things that you have no way of knowing if you’re brand new to Hollywood, or that veterans might forget when worn out after a long shoot, can make or break the way other professionals perceive you. So here’s a few tips to make sure your setiquette is running full tilt.
Setiquette – Make a Positive Impression
There are no “secret handshakes” or clever passwords we can share that will help you convince others you belong in the industry. But stopping to think for a few moments about your behaviour on set will instantly make others respect you. Awhile back we posted about how to ask questions the right way — and that in itself is a HUGE part of set etiquette.
Today, we give you our top three setiquette faux pas, and point you towards more great resources to help you come across as professional at all times.
Just some of what we discuss:
- The importance of cell phones (and how to use them the right way)
- The truth about learning on set
- Everyone’s most precious resource
- Avoid the Starbucks blunder
- Who the heck is Mr. Butchko, and how can his advice help you?
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Helpful and Related Links
- Know how to ask questions without looking like a newbie. These simple tips will help you get the info you need without annoying anyone. 3 Secrets to Asking Questions in Hollywood
- Some excellent advice on acting like a pro from Joe DeVito – How Not To Suck: Hollywood Advice We Love.
- A great post from Filmmaker Magazine: The Seven Arts of Working in Film: A Necessary Guide to On-Set Protocol
- Equally important post from Filmmaker covering What Everyone Does on a Film Set
- Read our free guide How to Pitch a Reality Show – and you’ll have a better understanding of how the whole business works in general.
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