FILM PRODUCERS – NEED TO BLOW SOMETHING UP?
I´m sure you have seen hundreds of movie scenes where cars, buildings, and even boats are blown up. It is without a doubt one of the parts of film production with the highest risks involved. Without safety measures, permits, materials, and correct usage of explosives, this job could become a nightmare.
Have you ever wondered how explosives are used in movies?
We hadn´t given it much thought either. We know all about using explosives specifically for our field of work: mining. But one day, the seventh art knocked at our door and there was our director, Bárbara Gomez Delgado, ready to take on the challenge.
From that moment, we have worked closely alongside producers and leading companies in the audiovisual industry, offering a complete service carrying out authorizations and administrative processes of each production related to explosives, pyrotechnics, use of weapons in filming, on-site filming, and of course, at mines. Sur-film, Babieka films, Nostromo Pictures and Twenty four Seven are some of the producers that have put their faith in our services in this area. I´m sure you remember some scenes from movies like Jason Bourne 5 (2015), The Promise (2015), Assassins Creed (2015), 1898: Our Last Men in the Philippines (2016), Han Solo (Star Wars, 2017), and many others where we´ve helped blow things up into the air.
What do you need in order to use pyrotechnics in films?
Well, you need someone who can handle a lot of paperwork and permits. The Directive 2013/29/CE is applied to any commercial pyrotechnic articles in the European Union market. Pyrotechnic articles that are to be used in theater productions are included in this directive, and it is “a pyrotechnic article designed for outdoor or indoor sets and stages, including film and TV productions, or for similar use”.
For fireworks, there are different categories that go from F1 to F4, depending their level of hazard. Those used in audiovisual productions are T1, which are “any non-firework pyrotechnic articles that are for stage use and are low hazard”, and T2 is for “any non-firework pyrotechnic articles that are for stage use and only to be used by persons with specialist knowledge”. The classification of the different fireworks and explosives makes their use require a series of procedures and paperwork, which AYMA has ended up specializing in with the passing of time, becoming the most trusted choice for the majority of film producers, both national and international, who film scenes in Spain.
The requirements to fulfill for each type of explosive and its use are established in the corresponding harmonized standard of application of the Directive 2013/29/UE, and in the case of films, the abovementioned T1 and T2.
AYMA takes care of processing permits, supply, supervision, usage, and storage. They make sure all regulations are fulfilled regarding explosives, for example, “it is not permitted to store more than 10 net kg (NEC) of pyrotechnic articles of categories F1, F2, F3, T1 and P1 in private residences” or “must be in possession of a license or certificate of expert”, which is required by the Official State Gazette. A long list of bureaucratic requirements needs to be fulfilled according to the classification of pyrotechnic articles to be used, and at AYMA, we are very familiar with them.
The regulations are extensive and complex; however, we have become a trusted brand when it comes to dealing with them. False modesty aside, very few mining companies have seen their work on the big screen.