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#1 Planning

It’s common knowledge that not planning is planning to fail. However, it doesn’t even have to be this complicated or in-depth. You need to know where you are filming, what you are trying to achieve, and who’s going and timing.

If you don’t confirm this necessary information before the shoot, how much more pressure will there be on the day to succeed?

We find adding a list of locations to the back of our risk assessments helps, mainly if it includes our favorite takeaway. When you need to rush to get to the next site, this will help with tapping the info into the satnav.

Ask your client questions like these:

  1. Tell me what you would like to achieve
  2. What is the end goal?
  3. Where will this be shown?

Lastly, we can’t stress enough about making sure you have enough batteries. Always take more than you need.

#2 Support

You can’t get enough support. You need back up. It’s easy to think you can do it all alone, but how much better would it be if there was a second camera operator, a focus puller, or assistant? I know it comes down to cost, and that’s the agreement you will have to have with your client, but always weigh up the end goal.

#3 Welfare

Water, Water, Water. You will become tired, frustrated, and unmotivated if you don’t drink enough or eat enough. Even if you are filming solo, it should be part of your risk assessments to make sure everyone stays healthy. A happy workforce = fantastic footage.

#4 Tasks

Delegation is essential because you can’t do it all. At the start of running my business, I believed I could do it all. I couldn’t, and I have now outsourced most of my marketing and accounts to people who know how to get that done right.

The same principle if you are filming on set. Depending on the project, you might need to give responsibility over to someone else, even on smaller projects.

#5 Focus

Have a plan, get the support, look after welfare, delegate the tasks, and succeed.

I would recommend remaining professional and focused throughout the shoot. Even during downtime, making a good impression is critical and will probably secure future work.

If things go wrong and equipment fails, then remain calm and level headed. Becoming stressed and angry in front of your clients won’t solve the problem. Usually, just taking a breather for a few minutes and thinking the problem through will address the issue.