goes into setting up the shot that a list is used to help remember everything.
It will also help to get into a routine.
Set up a pattern or order in which the equipment is unloaded,
set up, used and packed up.
are a few common steps for video taping a scene.
Before you begin unpacking, look around the room. Decide
on the location of the camera and subject. Find a power source
for the camera - or are you using batteries? Where are the
natural lights or are you using your own lights? Is there
an echo in this location? Are there any other noises such
as refrigerators or fans? Are the phones unplugged?
Place camera and subject. Place the lights and prepare the
mics. Turn the lights on and have the mics in place. At
the camera, make sure you turn it on and consider the following:
Is there tape? Have I White balanced? Is my Exposure correct?
Have I set the correct focus and did I critical focus? Test
the mics and check the lights.
Usually the master scene or interview is shot first. Then
the close ups and cutaways are recorded. Sometimes the close
ups and cutaways are called "pickups" because
these are shots that are picked up as you are leaving.
Make sure all the equipment is put away and stored back
in its place. If objects were rearranged to make room for
the camera and equipment, make sure they are put back in
their proper place. And if doing an interview, thank the
subject for helping out in the production.
At the end, do another survey of the location to make sure
nothing was left behind or forgotten.
The action of the shot is captured in two ways: movement within
the frame and the movement of the frame. Movement within the
frame is called composition. Movement of the frame is the
movement of the camera itself. Below are links to more tips
on camera work.
Vid Tip: Composition
Vid Tip: Camera
before going out ask yourself:
"Do I have batteries
and do I have tape?"