ASSESSING PERSONAL SAFETY• Do you know the environment well?• Are you filming at night?• Are you carrying lots of expensive equipment alone?
ASSESSING EXTERNAL FACTORS• Are you appropriately dressed for the weather?• Have you got permission to film?• Have you made the public aware?
ASSESSING FILMING ACTIVITY• Is there a dangerous scene? E.g. fight scene/chase scene
ASSESSING EQUIPMENT USE• Are there cables in the way, easy to trip on?• If using a knife, is that too sharp? Include a prop knife?
RISK ASSESSMENT SCENARIO‘A group of 3 students plan to film a murder scene on themoors at night. None of the group can drive. They need to filma chase scene using handheld tracking and a shot of the killerstrangling the victim with a rope. Their final shot composes ofthe body of the victim in a shallow grave being buried as rainpours down’.What are the risks?• Take more people, at least a couple who can drive• Film in the evening just as its beginning to go dark• Use a dolly so its there is no risk of tripping over or use someone as a guide to run in front• Don’t show the actual murder, maybe show the murderer about to strangle with the rope• Think about the weather – it might not rain – if so wear appropriate clothes• Avoid shallow grave
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