Day 1 of production and filming is very exciting! All the work that you’ve been doing for the past weeks and months boils down to this. If you did all your preparations pre- production, then you should have nothing to worry about. Here are some tips on shooting a short film


Create a checklist

Identify everything that you need. If you have a bigger production crew, create a list for each team: one for the props team, mechanical including cameras, lenses, cranes, etc. If you are renting anything, make sure you have everything the day before you start shooting. You can assign one person for all rentals and pick ups to avoid confusion and miscommunication.


Get transportation

Organize one for your crew, actors and equipment in advance to make moving around easier and more convenient.


Take care of your actors

Most actors who do indie films do it for free or they get paid very little. Try to make it easier for them by providing transportation especially of your location is not easy to get to. Feed them and your crew – this makes you look professional and will keep your team happy and they will have the needed energy to go on the long day of shooting. Provide snacks and chairs, and if you have zero budget for this, make sure you inform them ahead of time so they can bring their own lunch.


Be organized

Work closely with your assistant director so that you are always working in sync. Always have your time sheets and shooting orders on hand. Have your assistant ready and ahead of you so they can prepare you for the next part of the shoot.


Be patient

Remember that some of your actors and crew are inexperienced. Provide clear orders on how you want the shots done. Make sure you also tell actors on stand by that they will be on stand by to avoid friction.


Remember to take beautiful shots

Avoid static shots; add movement – even subtle ones – to add life to each shot. Invest in a steadicam if you can, or rent one. Also, include a focal depth to add texture to the shots. Try to start with the most difficult shot and work your way to the easier ones. This will help especially during long days of shooting.


Take extra sots or fill ins, even if you don’t think you will need them.

They will come in handy in case a scene needs a cut or a better flow.


Have a back up plan and be ready to move on instinct.

Things will go wrong – from something small like a missing prop to big ones like not getting your permit for the location.


Review your shots on a bigger screen or monitor before moving to another location.

Remember to back up your shots as you go. Have extra memory cards and batteries too.


Get some behind the scenes shots.

Spare an extra photographer and camera for this, if you can. But if you don’t have the resources, just have someone from your crew take the behind the scenes. You can even use a mobile phone. You can use these photos and video clips to gain the viewer’s interest. Post them on your social media as part of your advertisement.


Rent a studio with all the equipment that you need for your production and call us at The Camden Studio today.