c. In preproduction meetings, the director will explain the mission to the
crew. One purpose of this meeting is to give the cameraman a scene-by-scene
breakdown of the footage expected.
Plan preproduction strategies during the
meetings. Time frames, deadlines, visual style, and standards will be spelled
out; a briefing given on the location, equipment to be used, and personnel on
the crew. During preproduction meetings, the script or shooting outline is a
rough sketch of what the cameraman will videotape. The director then outlines
a tentative schedule. If, however, your director is very general about what is
expected; then you are on your own. At times like that it is best to shoot for
who, what, where, why, and how.
d. A remote survey describes in detail the remote site and discloses
Scouting the location before hand is an excellent idea.
The following is an example of pertinent questions to ask:
(1) Where is the exact location?
(2) Where is the nearest telephone, if any?
(3) Who is the Point of Contact (POC)?
(4) When is the production to be shot?
(5) What are the power requirements?
(6) What are the camera positions, cable runs?
(7) What are the lighting requirements?
(8) Does available light need to be supplemented?
(10) Are there large objects or buildings blocking the camera's view?
(11) What will be the location of the sun?
(12) Where will the major action areas be shot?
(13) Is a generator needed to power the lights?
(14) What are the transportation arrangements?
(15) Is it necessary to make arrangements
accommodations or overnight security for the equipment?
(16) If applicable, what are the room measurements?