Our film shoot for Travel Warning will be fast paced, with lots to consider, both technical and story wise. Hopefully, this quick checklist can help make your production run smoothly and avoid any unnecessary headaches.
What are you shooting on? For Travel Warning we are shooting on Canon 60D with a 128gb SD card which can hold approximately 12.7 hours of footage, which is a lot. But just as as another backup, I’ll also be taking a 64gb SD card. Especially critical just in case one card stops working.
You don’t want to be stuck on location with no juice. Ensure your batteries are charged every night before filming. I will have two freshly charged batteries each day for filming. I’m not sure this will be enough so I am tempted to buy another. Better to be safe than sorry.
But it’s not only the batteries on the camera for us to think about, there is also regular AA batteries for lapel microphones and a D Battery for the Rode External Microphone. Check everything you have which requires batteries and buy spares, just for piece of mind.
You’ve just shot a whole day of precious footage on your SD card, the last thing you want is for the SD card to be wiped somehow or stop working. Solution? Back up your footage at every possible opportunity. We will be backing up the footage on our laptop hard drive, but you could also use a USB, portable hard drive or cloud based storage such as Dropbox, although the size of your files might be quite restrictive of this.
Yes, there is a lot more to remember to make a film shoot successful, but if you don’t have your film ‘in the can’ then you can forget about everything else.