How to prep for a film shoot on the road

by birtanpublished on August 15, 2020

In today's tutorial we're going to be looking at packing essentials for a shoot on the road as you may be able to tell from my shirt today we're going on already I'm working on a small documentary over the course of a month and we've all the preparation are now

Going through I thought this may be helpful for you guys to find out for yourself to figure out what it takes to pack everything to travel light and try and survive a life on the road you need to say clear essentials and work out

Every worst-case scenario but there is nothing worse than documenting something and then realizing that you forgot to pack an essential tool right off the bat you're going to need a decent camera bag something that keeps your gear secure

While also providing enough space the best ones are often customizable allowing you to shift all the different compartments for your personalized gear your camera your lenses your batteries all of it should be able to fit nicely

And securely in one place here we go high school math here it comes take the average life of each battery by the amount of shooting you feel like you're going to be doing every day for example my batteries last about three

Hours I'll be shooting eight hours total and that gives me about two hour overlap where I can recharge things in between if power is something that you're not gonna have too much access to I highly recommend getting a portable power pack

These things are compact highly portable and able to hold at least a full charge for a battery as well as with the right cables able to act as a battery itself okay so now we're going on to memory this is so much math to cover footage I

Have two cards on different sizes depending on what I'm going to be shooting that day one for an interview one for random stuff that trickled from the day my camera uses 128 gig for 24 minutes of film at 4k in the codec that

I want to work with take the size of the card that you have times it by the amount of days that you're going to be shooting and there you have your ideal storage drive I do recommend getting a little bit more though just in case you

Want to get a bit trigger-happy one day because you shoot a particularly good stone if you're working on a shoot that also has a lot of downtime like traveling between destinations for example I do recommend

Making a bare bone edit this way you can import your footage into hip film get it on the timeline and start scrubbing through to see what you've actually captured now you have your camera bag fitted with all your personal

Gear there are a few more elements that you might be able to fit in that I think are always worth bringing along a lapel and boom mic key coupled with a cover and dead-cat make small recorder or backup audio a

Small LED panel just in case things get a little dark and the lighting is unavailable a gorilla pod with their flexible design these are perfect for being on the go not only is it small but it can wrap around anything and adapt to

Any environment I need to put them on as well as that something that I like to do make a shoulder rig this way super easy Balian and convenience a pocket drone a small drone like a DJ spark is perfect you can throw it in your bag get out

When you need and throw it up for the perfect landscape or establishing shots a notebook you're likely gonna be in the zone with your head down looking for the viewfinder capturing these beautiful wonderful moments or what you may forget

Is what you've done by keeping a small notebook you can jot down all the shots that you've captured that day and then when you return to it later in the Edit all you need to do is open up read the day know where you've captured or where

You go confession I always forget these until I'm at the airport converters I would say do yourself a favor by a couple of universals and just keep them in your bag all the time because you start getting a collection and thanks to

Your handy dandy rucksack this can all fit into one place now all of this is great but we need to talk about how you're traveling if you're driving keep everything tight and all together there's nothing worse than having this

Big pile up while you're in the backseat if you're flying arrive at the airport early this will give you enough time to check your bags in make sure that you get past security okay and if they need to check it you're

There and it's not holding up the entire plane be sure to have all your batteries in your hand luggage and use flight cases for anything too big or heavy for you to carry on your person one final thing that I used to be terrified of as

Well is x-ray scanners the scanners at airports do not erase your footage there used to be the case a couple of years ago but the technology has changed and we're okay I really hope that this has been helpful and while you're out there

On the road keep safe and take amazing footage leave any questions down below don't forget to subscribe and ring the bell for notifications on when we next upload

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