Bridgette's top 5 rules for set etiquette:
1. If you’re early you’re on time; if you’re on time you’re late!
There really is nothing worse than not leaving enough time to beat the traffic, find a park or get yourself signed in. You never want to add extra stress to yours or anyone else’s day. Film sets have very tight time schedules and time is very valuable. I always ensure I leave an extra 20 minutes early to prepare myself and have some a little extra time to relax before I start a busy day. Punctuality is key!
2. Always be polite.
This one might seem pretty straight forward however; we can forget how important this one is. Film sets are crazy, busy places. Most of the time people have been working very long days and are in need of some much-needed rest. Give them a smile, say g’day, it might be that little positive touch that they need to get through their day. Happiness is contagious and people always want to work with friendly people.
3. Stay off your phone.
For many productions the use of social media is prohibited, usually for confidential reasons. They will always specify if they are okay with you taking photos etc but it’s safe to steer clear if you are unsure. Being on your phone is also a big distraction to what’s happening around you. You may miss important information, ques or just seem uninterested – which may not be the case, but you never want to be misinterpreted. Treat a film set as if it were a workplace. Stay aware and communicate with others!
4. Stay professional.
Film sets are small places and people talk. You never want to get yourself into a sticky situation by saying something without thinking about the consequences. You may get tired or bored or feel stressed, that’s normal but never let that affect your work ethic or the way you communicate with others. Be a professional, do your job and leave a good impression.
5. Don’t over step your ground.
There are numerous different jobs/ areas of work on a film set. Everyone is there to do their part and ultimately achieve the end goal of making an incredible film. It’s important to remember why you’re there and what you’ve been hired to do. There is a bit of a hierarchy on set; that meaning there will be areas you are not advised to enter. Unless you’re told otherwise its best to stick to your assigned area(s) do your part and let others do the same.