Prepping for a small shoot


I was just sitting at my kitchen table eating some cereal and on my phone, making a list of things I need to bring to my shoot tomorrow and I figured I’d make a short post about it too and kind of go through my thought process for one of these things.

This is a food shoot I’m prepping for, kind of like those tutorial viral food videos you see everywhere now.  This is a one day shoot, and to me, I don’t really know what to expect.  This happens to me more frequently than I’d like for these one day shoots, so I’ve gotten the hang of rolling with the punches and just having a plan for lighting and camera setups.  To be honest, I’ve gotten more info than I sometimes do for this shoot.

On my iPhone’s notes, I make a new note with the list of gear to bring.  I own quite a bit of gear, so it’s mostly going through my brain picking items that I think will help (But still fit in my car).

The list looks something like this so far:

FS7 kit
– batteries, media, card reader
– 502, 702, 1700, teradek, cables
Lens kit
A6500 kit
– batteries, media, card reader, spigot

Quasar Science Kit
Versitile Kit
Q500 Kit

Collapsible Frame Kit
6x C-stands w/ arms and heads
2x combos
8ft Pipe
Monitor roller Stand

2x Goal Post adapters
4x Cardi
Safety Chains
Pony clamps
fuzzy balls



So again, I don’t really know what to expect, so I’m only bringing bi-color LED lights to cover me.  A hard light, a soft light and some in-betweenies.  It’s mostly just watching hands work, so we probably won’t need too much lighting, I can just walk it right in.

Goal post is for the a6500 to do an overhead shot and maybe put some lights on if necessary.

We’re shooting in someone’s house, so i’m bringing some tennis balls (fuzzy balls) that have a slit cut in them to protect their floor from my stands.

I also have to transport one of the producers, his red camera and his lens bag – so this might be a tight fit in my Subaru Forester – but I will try!  Wish me luck.  I’ll do a follow up afterward!



I'm Cinematographer in Toronto, Canada - just trying to learn as much as I can and share it all. Also the owner of Spectacle Media Inc.
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