Preparing Your Shoot

Hi and welcome to the Eastern Lights Blog. Today I’m going to tell you how to prepare for your shoot, because lots of things can go wrong when you get at the location. Avoid Murphy’s Law, that means everything that CAN go wrong, WILL go wrong. These tricks will take care of all your problems.

Before shooting your scenes, do a lot of pre-production! This includes checking your script three times, in case you forget something. Also, to keep track of and don’t forget about shots, make a shotlist and storyboards. Keep an eye out for our storyboard post in the following days! Having a shotlist and storyboards will make sure you don’t forget shots. Having to comeback to the location for two seconds you forgot is a pain!

Plan out! Make sure everyone is at the right place at the right time. A friend of mine did a night shoot, had to wait two hours for 4 friends, of which three of them forgot the shoot. Avoid this! Have good relationships with your friends and people you work with, because you’ll have to rely on them!

Also, a rather little thing but it can make a huge difference, make sure you have PERMISSION from the location owner to film at the location. Someone coming to tell you to get the hell out of there, is the least thing you would want. In the middle of your shoot you will have to start back from zero and find a new location. Thorough pre-production is EVERYTHING!

So, what do you bring to your shoot?
Of course, you bring your camera. DON’T FORGET extra batteries, tripod (costs about $20 for a professional one, but keep an eye out for a special post on making a $1 tripod thats fits into our budget!)
And certainly bring a shot list, your storyboards and a copy of the script.
Also don’t forget to take a microphone if your camera has a mike input. (a reserve microphone is very handy, and costs about nothing these days, about 15 bucks, but that’s out of range for our $10 budget)

And wherever you are, always bring duct tape that will help you out in case of rain, broken things or isolation problems.

That’s it for today, see you tomorrow!



~ by easternlights on August 23, 2008.

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