What are three critical pieces of advice about the chain of command? Why is it so important?
The term originating from the military, the chain of command on set is who gets talked to, or who has to report to who.
An example of a chain of command on set is a gaffer in charge of lighting having a grip helping them with lights and other equipment.
1. Keep the general chatter down
Creative coworkers usually love helping one another, so chatter follows naturally. However, as shoots and cameras become more complex, involving more crew members and clients, essential details can be drowned out in conversation. While it is okay to hold conversations and crew members should enjoy working with one another, discussions should be kept to a minimum or your immediate chain of command while the actual shoot is happening.
2. Know the chain of command well
Knowing the chain of command well is important because if a problem arises, you will know who to report it to. If you notice the camera isn't slated or that the timecode isn't synced, for example, you will want to know when to and who to inform.
3. Stay alert during a shoot
Pay attention to the shoot, and keep your eyes open. It is important that the problems that are spotted are reported.