Safety First

The Industry Standard Safety Training Program for Film Schools

Your $29 Insurance Policy

In recent years, students have been seriously injured and even killed while trying to get the perfect shot. Had these accidents been avoided, those students would still be with us today, and the universities responsible could have avoided millions of dollars in litigation. The best defence against an accident is education.
Ask youself why you spend more time teaching how to write a script than teaching safety procedures on set. Why is learning shot sizes more important than understanding industry-standard protocol that can save a person's life? And why is pushing a production schedule more important than taking the time to understand the risks associated with shooting on set?
The answer is simple... the tools haven't been available to incorporate this training into your curriculum until now.  Introducing the FilmSkills Safety Training Program; your $29 insurance policy.
The FilmSkills Safety Training Program
for the entire semester
• Includes 14 safety training modules, each with on-set videos, illustrated guides, and downloadable reference sheets
• Student tracking to ensure viewing of modules
• Customizable tests with hundreds of pre-written questions
• GradeBook and performance trackers help you log student progress in the event of an accident

It Can't Happen to Me

On a movie set, filmmakers often suffer from "cinematic immunity" - the false perception of immunity from injury in the controlled environment of the movie set.  In reality, movie sets are incredibly dangerous - potentially hazardous shooting locations, electrical dangers, precarious grip and rigging set-ups, environmental hazards, sloppiness with weapons and pyrotechnics, and basic human error can - and have - caused serious injury and death on movie sets.
Unfortunately, in this freelance industry, there is no standardized safety training protocol - until now. The producers of FilmSkills have teamed up with the architects of the California Safety Pass program - a  program required of all union television and motion picture IATSE workers in California - to make the film industries first online safety training, testing, and certification-granting program.
"Safe working habits must be taught with the same dedication as the craftsmanship and artistry of filmmaking. The FilmSkills Online Safety Training Program allows us to augment our in-class lessons with in-depth and comprehensive modules that cover everything from location shooting to electrical safety; working with moving vehicles to safe weapons handling, just to name a few. Having had our students take the series of safety modules, we are confident that our students now have the knowledge to achieve their artistic vision SAFELY."
             - Professor William McDonald
               Chair, UCLA Department of Film, Television & Digital Media

Establishing the Standard

The FilmSkills Safety Training Program incorporates OSHA workplace standards with the unique safety demands of on-set production to build an online training program in line with California IATSE safety requirements.  This 14-module course, taught by Safety Pass instructors, features engaging videos, illustrated companion guides, downloadable reference charts, and a testing tool to ensure comprehension of the material.  Individual students who take the Safety Training Course will receive a Certificate of Completion and be entered into a certification database accessed by film commissions, studios, and networks.
The FilmSkills Safety Training course covers 14 modules:
Safety is an Attitude
Learn individual crew member responsibility towards safety, how human factors contribute to accidents and how they can be prevented. We specify actions on how to create a safe environment on set.
On Set Practices
From safety meetings, proper clothing, drug and alcohol policies and safety bulletins, to proper use of ladders, equipment and how to maintain an organized set, learn the fundamental principles of creating a safe environment on set.
Studio Facilities Safety
Learn to maintain a safe environment when working on a soundstage - from maintaining fire lanes and working at a height, to working with combustible materials and maintaining a safety protocol.
Location Safety
Learn how to assess the hazards of a location - from environmental to animal hazards. We discuss how to work safely alone, how to safely work on rooftops, around the public, and how to make a location safe for production personnel.
Electrical Safety I
Learn how electricity and circuits work. They will learn about proper grounding and polarity, and how little electricity is needed to electrocute an adult. This module reveals how to map the circuits in a location and calculate safe loads, and what happens when power demands exceed the internal wiring of a structure.
Electrical Safety II
Working around high voltage wires can, and has been, deadly. In this module, learn proper guidelines for working around high voltage power sources, how to spot faulty equipment and correctly use cords and outlets, including in high-traffic areas. Students learn about the risks, and effects of electric shocks, electrocution, electric fires and how to prevent them.  In additional to preventative measures, this module covers emergency medical procedures in the event of shock or electrocution.
Lighting Equipment Safety
From high-output lights to dimmer boards, to HMIs and working with stands, this module covers the hazards and safe practices of working with lights and electrical equipment.
Vehicle and Roadway Safety
Learn proper safety protocol for working around public roadways, when the road is used in the scene, or the crew works near a road.  
Shooting in Moving Vehicles
Learn proper safety procedures when shooting driving scenes on a public street - from the poor-man’s process to process trailers, this module covers every aspect of what to do and what not to do.
Grip & Rigging Safety
Learn proper rigging safety techniques - from hanging overhead lights to properly securing a 12x12 in a breeze.
Lifts, Tools and

From using hand power tools, to the safe operation of a lift gate on a grip truck, to the safe operation of aerial lifts, this module covers many tools and vehicles your students will use.
Weapons and Props
A dangerous and frequent problem in film schools, weapon use and safety is a growing problem. Learn how to properly use weapons (and fake weapons) on camera, from handling procedures, to employing a qualified armorer, to dealing with the public and working with local officials, this module will address the problems before they begin.
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
This module explores the proper and safe procedures for working with squibs, explosives, fire, smoke and fog.  Learn the dangers of working with pyrotechnics, the proper permitting process and how to hire an experienced, trained pyrotechnician.
Environmental Safety
Learn how to recognize, prepare for, and work in various environmental situations - from shooting in extreme heat to extreme cold, to working around water and in locations where there may be health hazards.  Students learn how to recognize and react to symptoms of heat stroke and frost bite, unstable structures and locations with airborne contaminants.

The FilmSkills Safety Training Program is easy to implement and incredibly affordable.

For more information, call 866-323-FILM