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Before you shoot: • • • • • • • • • • • Make sure you have all the necessary equipment (see checklist) Be certain you bring your storyboards and shot list, and consult them regularly Provide all talent with scripts, and all crewmembers with shot lists Establish a set shooting schedule and pass it out to everyone involved Charge batteries Secure locations well before arriving on set Be sure to take down and distribute contact information of all involved If the shoot is long, schedule breaks and provide food Maintain a positive attitude and always demonstrate faith in the project, even during times of doubt and concern Don’t panic; always think on your feet and have an alternative plan for everything Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong; prepare for it
While you shoot: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Bring talent and crewmembers together first and inform everyone of what is to be expected by the end of the shooting day Demonstrate the trust you have in everyone and the faith you have in the project Double-check feed and take in changing bag Tape magazine Be sure that the film is running through the gate and the door is closed Reset the length counter Be sure that the viewfinder is in focus Tape down any cables that are in the way Do not settle for cutting corners Allow accidents to happen and enhance the work Always say “Roll Camera,” “Speed,” “Action,” and “Cut.” Take light readings before every shot and be sure the proper stop is set Do not abandon the slate Coverage, coverage, coverage If there is any doubt whatsoever, do another take Be sure to direct with clarity and detail Rehearse thoroughly all shots with talent before shooting Empathize and understand the perspective of talent and crewmembers Do not criticize, belittle, or insult anyone Always be optimistic and constantly faithful to the work Be sure everyone is on the same page, understands the project, and sees it the way you do Be mindful of others, but do not compromise a shot for their short-term benefit Set a specific timetable updated as obstacles are introduced and adjust accordingly Be realistic but always aim for better, not less
Thank all involved thoroughly and individually at the end of the day Without them, the project would not be possible. Humble yourself.