[ Plan your shoot ]

Take con­trol of your shoot­ing sched­ule by com­pil­ing a kit list

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With any creative pro­ject, plan­ning is es­sen­tial. That goes dou­ble for shoot­ing, when you’re likely to be con­strained by time, money and lo­ca­tion. Turn up with­out enough bat­ter­ies and your whole day could be ru­ined. You’ll want to have a good idea of ex­actly what you’re go­ing to need to cap­ture be­fore you ar­rive to avoid get­ting caught out. Write a shot list if it helps, at least as a guide. A fun­da­men­tal thing to con­sider is how many cam­eras you’re go­ing to need. If you’re sure it’s just one, that’s great. For any kind of in­ter­view footage it’s com­mon prac­tice to shoot two an­gles of the sub­ject and then cut be­tween them in the edit to keep things in­ter­est­ing. If the in­ter­viewer is to be in shot as well, a third cam­era may be needed.

When choos­ing your cam­eras, it’s im­por­tant to use mod­els that will out­put footage of sim­i­lar qual­ity. If your A and B cam­era footage looks very dif­fer­ent, it’s go­ing to cre­ate an un­even end prod­uct. If you need to shoot us­ing a DSLR as your main cam­era and an iPhone as your sec­ondary cam­era for bud­getary rea­sons, fac­tor this in to the way you shoot, per­haps sav­ing the iPhone footage for cut­aways or B-roll. Make a list of ev­ery­thing you need to take – even bor­ing stuff like tripods, lights, power equip­ment and bat­ter­ies – and get it all ready the night be­fore. This way you’re less likely to forget some­thing vi­tal.

Much like go­ing on hol­i­day, me­thod­i­cally list­ing things you’ll need can save a day’s shoot­ing.

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