Location Checks

So far, we have talked about handling the interview and working with people in different situations. In doing so, we have begun to suggest certain rules or approaches for location shooting, but a few things have been omitted. This section summarizes what you should be doing and thinking about on location.

Schedule. You made up an overall schedule at the preproduction stage, but changes may have been made since then. Before you go out, make sure everyone on the shoot has an up-to-date schedule indicating where and what you are shooting, and the amount of time you are allowing for each scene. Make sure, too, that the schedule lists the names of the participants and where they can be contacted, as well as the name, address, and telephone number of your hotel.

Equipment check. Make sure your equipment is in working order before you leave your base. This is particularly necessary in the case of video equipment, as the cameras are notoriously temperamental and batteries run out very fast. Sound equipment should also be thoroughly checked, particularly in regard to synchronizing functions. It is also good practice to check your cables, particularly power cables to the cameras and the sound. Where possible, you should take spares. Finally, check that you have all your special equipment—I would include here any permissions you might need on the shoot.

Shooting list. Run over the shooting list with your cameraperson. Does it still make sense in regard to the weather, mood, and so on? If, for example, you think it's going to rain, try to think of alternative locations before you go out, rather than wait until catastrophe hits. Also, run over the shooting list in your own mind. Do you have a well-formed sense of the way you want to shoot the scenes? Do you know where you want to begin and roughly what your first setup will be?

You will have to make some of these decisions on the spot. But many of them should be thought out before you leave for filming.

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