Brad Spinsby lays out 10 tips for shooting a multicam event with a small crew.
Ten: Bring additional clothes in preparation for multiple weather conditions. Most sporting events occur outdoors, and it is wise to bring clothing accommodations for any anticipated weather conditions. Sunscreen and a hat are also important to shield yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Crews Control DP, Steve McMillan said “When shooting golf, I always have my Tilley Hat.”
Nine: When the production calls for a flypack, technical director, and switcher/ flypackmake sure you are asking the right questions in preparations. Are you recording ISO to camera? How long are the runs from camera to switcher? How are you recording off of the switcher? Are you doing a webcast off of the switcher?
Eight: Do you understand your media workflow? Sporting events don’t always have a fixed time limit. If you are recording ISO to the camera, have a plan for transferring footage from the cards unless you happen to be shooting to tapes or optical discs. Consider hiring a Media Manager, or DIT, to be accountable during the event for the transfer of the footage from the cards to a hard drive.
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