…And sleep in-between. (Camera Op’s perspective)
As part of a film crew, travelling is part of the territory.
It’s exciting, it’s tiring, it’s hard-work… it’s all of these things.
To get the most out of a shoot (especially abroad) it is important to think smart, pack smart and trust those around you.
I think it’s a myth that you need ‘Hollywood’ equipment and a ‘Hollywood’ sized crew to get great dynamic and cinematic looking footage. You just need to plan and think (when shot-listing)… What gear will give me that shot? and Will it fit in my luggage?
Many clients (certainly that we have worked for) do not have huge budgets, but still want to mobilise a crew around the world to tell a story for them. It’s nice to strip it back, think big and be playful.
I can quite honestly say this is where my most creative work comes from…
But … when you do have the budget, you still have to think in this way… it will stretch further and your production will be better for it.
I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to my kit. I think all camera ops have OCD when it comes to their stuff. One thing I’ve learned over the years is how to set up and pack down quickly…
You never know when an opportunity may present itself.
In my early years I used to practice this in our studio, we’d even have competitions with the crew.
If you can do all of this well, you’ll always be in a good place. You can shoot amazing footage and do it quickly, with no faff or stress.
The only other thing I’d say is … Learn to sleep on planes!