production days, in the hope that they will help
you avoid these pitfalls.
Get familiar with your local department of
transportation office. Many of them have websites or social media channels like Twitter where
they share current road closures, accidents, and
detours around your location (Figure 4).
Working in New York City for many years,
we’ve learned the hard way that these things
can delay clients, crew members, and deliveries. Overall, they throw a wrench into your production schedule. Simply knowing and sharing these things with your client and crew can
keep you on pace for a smooth shoot.
Some other simple, yet practical, items to
share are forecasts, bathroom locations, wardrobe requirements, and break times. All of these
can and will slow you down if not planned for
ahead of time.
5. Know When and Where Your Light Will Be
One final tool that I like to use for the day of
is a sun tracker app called Sun Seeker. There
are other tools similar to this, but I’m a big fan of
the 3D view that works with your phone’s camera to take photos on location and inform you
how the sunlight is going to travel (Figure 5).
These are things I’ll share and discuss with
my crew when planning lighting and creating
a production schedule. This information also
comes in handy for capturing sunsets, sunrises,
and time-laps shots.
There are several ways to approach preproduction, but at the end of the day, it never
hurts to over-plan for a shoot. Take these tips
and add to them your preproduction checklist
so that you can have the best shoot possible.
Stjepan Alaupovic ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is the founder
and Creative Director behind Clear Online Video, a full-service
New York City- and Phoenix-based agency specializing in video
production and online video marketing.
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