Safety Training Course


FilmSkills Safety Training Course
  • 3-month course
  • 16-lessons
  • 5 hours, 30 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Shoot Your Movie.... Safely
As filmmakers, it’s easy to feel we are impervious to injury and even death; that somehow, the protective bubble of the filmmaking process will insulate us from accidents.
Unfortunately, in the real world, we know the laws of physics - gravity, electricity, and momentum - apply to everyone; as does the unstoppable force of our legal system. Tragically, dozens of filmmakers have been injured or killed in recent years, and in virtually every case, the accidents could have been prevented.
The FilmSkills Safety Training Course seeks to traing crew persons in current safety standards to reduce the risk of accidents or death on set. The FilmSkills Safety Training Program adapts the Industry standard California OSHA and Contract Services Safety Pass program for student, independent, non-union, and union crew persons.  This program is modeled after the very same program required of all IATSE crews working on studio and network television shows in California.
The FilmSkills Safety Training Course thoroughly covers all aspects of safety training including studio safety, location safety, electrical safety, environmental safety, working around roadways, pyrotechnics and special effects, weapon safety, lifts, trucks, and tool safety, grip and rigging safety, and lighting safety.
The FilmSkills Safety Training Course is curently used as the standard safety protocol in dozens of manor film schools, including UCLA. Improve the safety on set, reduce the risk of accidents, and protect yourself from liability with the FilmSkills Safety Training Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Safety Training Course process.

The Attitude of Safety

Learn how human behavior can impact safety on set.

Basic On-Set Safety
Learn basic on-set safety practices
On Location Safety
Learn to identify and address safety concerns when shooting on location
Studio Facilities Safety
Learn industry-standard safety guidelines for shooting on a soundstage
Vehicle and Roadway Safety
Learn industry-standard safety practices for working around vehicles and roadways
Shooting Moving Vehicles

Learn industry-standard techniques for shooting moving vehicles

Lighting Equipment Safety
Learn industry standard safety techniques for working with light fixtures.
Grip and Rigging Safety
Learn industry standard practices for safe grip and rigging techniques
Electrical Safety I
Learn the basics of electricity and how an electrical circuit works
Electrical Safety II
Learn industry safe guidelines for working around energized sources
Lifts, Trucks and Tools
Learn industry standard safety guidelines for working around lifts, production trucks and when using power tools
Weapon Safety
Learn industry standard practices for using weapons on set
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
Learn industry-standard techniques for working with pryotechnics, flames, smoke, fog and dust effects
Environmental Safety
Learn industry-standard techniques for working in various environments


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Harry C. Box

Camera Operator, "Heroes," "Brothers and Sisters," and Author of "The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook"

John Gresch

Vice President, ARRI Inc.'s Lighting Division

Josh McLaglen

Producer "X-Men," DGA Award Nominated 1st Assistant Director, "Titanic," "Avatar," "X-Men: First Class,” "The Polar Express," and "Real Steel"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

"Safe working habits must be taught with the same dedication as the craftsmanship and artistry of filmmaking. Having had our students take the FilmSkills Safety Training Course, 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