top of page

Last Night in Soho, behind the scenes

Last Night in Soho, behind the scenes


JJonathan Demme & Paul Thomas Anderson discuss Silence of the Lambs & more!

Screen Shot 2022-11-13 at 2.51.17 PM.png
Screen Shot 2022-11-13 at 2.33.40 PM.png

WHO NEEDS SLEEP? a documentary by the great Haskell Wexler, ASC

Safe Filmmaking Credo

As individuals, we believe every human being working in the film industry has a right to enjoy a life outside of their work, including family, friendships and sleep.


As managers, we believe that while occasional long days can be an acceptable part of our work, repeated excessive shifts and frequent insufficient turnarounds are not.


As crafts-people and technicians, it is our responsibility to initiate discussions about these concerns and to look out for the well-being of everyone on our sets.


As human beings, we believe that every person’s health, safety and life is worth more than any product we can produce while jeopardizing same.


As an organization, our responsibilities include developing and disbursing educational materials to promote these basic rules of humane and responsible filmmaking.


#1 No more than 12 hours of Work

#2 No less than 12 hours of Turnaround

#3 No more than 6 hours between Meals

Screen Shot 2022-11-11 at 3.18.32 PM.png

Prepare for Safety:

  • Research and absorb all safety regulations and guidelines for your specific production.

  • Obtain permits and understand your limitations.

  • Assign a safety coordinator.

  • Location surveys should note potential hazards before the crew reaches the set.

  • Hold safety meetings with the departments heads and production teams.

  • Distribute emergency information to everyone on a set.

  • Hire specialists for things having to do with fire, automobiles, stunts, prop weapons, water (wet down streets, etc.)

  • Schedule reasonable hours.

  • Don’t use potentially dangerous equipment on set no one’s trained to use.

Respect your equipment:

  • Get trained (also practice and read the manual) for all equipment before using it on set.

  • Use item for its intended use only.

  • Don’t modify equipment that’s not yours.

  • Maintain equipment and keep your area of the set and staging area tidy and organized.

  • Pack gear away that’s not being used, and pack it properly.

  • Protect all gear from damage, dirt, moisture, inclement weather, wind and mishandling.

  • Use common sense.

Practical Questions to ask yourself before shooting a film (or even conceiving of a student film on near-zero budget):


  1. What is the budget of the film?

  2. What is the shooting format, and what is it capable of?

  3. How much time do we have for lighting (days and hours each day)?

  4. How large is the crew?

  5. How many and what sort of lighting units (and grip equipment) are available for the shoot?

  6. How controllable and accessible are the locations?

  7. How much power is at each location for artificial lights?

  8. What are the sources of natural light on the set, and how much artificial lighting do we actually need?

bottom of page