Movie First Aid
Last weekend I retook my first aid course. While driving home I got to thinking about how movies depict scenes involving first aid. Too many movies get First Aid scenes wrong, to put it bluntly, they are just so incorrect, at times even laughable. Some examples of which I thought about were and scenes involving CPR, performing tracheotomies and removing objects from someone’s body when they shouldn’t be.
One of the worst movie examples of doing First Aid the wrong way is The Abyss. Watch the CPR scene here.
And then read Worst Aid: 6 Examples of Bad Hollywood Medicine
Why do they get it so wrong? Maybe it’s to make a scene more dramatic or disgusting? Overall it’s probably just lazy writing or directing.
I personally think it is important to portray First Aid in movies correctly. First Aid matters and movies can act as a visual tool, a role model, even an educational tool at times. If I was ever in distress, I wouldn’t want someone performing “wrong” movie first aid on me, would you?
I also believe that the way First Aid is portrayed in movies could scare people from acting in case of a real life First Aid situation.
Then again Hollywood can also help save a life. Read how a 10 year old saved his brother's life using CPR compression's because of something he learned in Dwayne Johnson's movie San Andreas:
The example actually reinstates how important it is to show First Aid in movies the right way.
How as a writer can you do this? Take a simple First Aid course. Just imagine someone reads your screenplay and you wrote a great First Aid scene showing it the performed the right way. Not only will you stand out from the crowd but you’ll also garner the audiences respect given the realism of your movie. The scene would be much more dramatic as it is closer to real life.
If you’ve decided to take a First Aid course, be confident in knowing that your First Aid experience can come in handy for day-to-day life. It’s a good thing to have on a film set if you ever choose to shoot a short film.
You can take a First Aid course locally or even online these days, just Google it. And if you really don’t have the time or money to do a course, buy or read a First Aid book, you’ll be doing a service to yourself and your community. From personal experience, I would urge those of you serious about taking a course to do a real life course. They are a lot of fun, but most importantly practical and hands on, which makes it easier to describe in a screenplay.
Inspiring Links (how not to do it):
What are your thoughts on this?