FREE GUIDE: Day of Shoot Checklist For Getting Yourself on Camera

Trust me, being filming can be a bit gut wrenching. Sure it’s easy to look in the mirror and talk to yourself but actually sitting down and seeing yourself on camera...it all starts to look a lot different. So here are a couple tips you should do the night before, the morning of, and even after the shoot.

The Night Before

CONFIRM WITH YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER

First thing check the weather and confirm with your videographer that the shoot is still happening. If it’s an outdoor shoot, and the weather says it’s going to torrential downpour then postponing the shoot may be better. Confirming with your videographer ahead of time will make sure that the place, and time are all confirmed so there is no confusion.

PREPARE SHOOT PROPS/OUTFITS

Make sure that you have all of your props and outfits ready to go. This means steaming, ironing, dry cleaning, and putting everything by the front door. This way there are no mistakes in the morning or right before the shoot. The worst thing is to leave something behind that you really needed to bring.

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

I would also make sure that you plan your route to the shoot. If it’s at your house then you don’t have to worry but if you have to drive or take public transportation then plan your route accordingly.

READ OVER YOUR SCRIPT

The worst thing you can do is go to the shoot without having read the script. So to make sure you are fully prepared I would re-read your script. This will also make your videographers life easier because you will be more prepared and there will be less room for error.

COMPLETE YOUR NIGHTLY ROUTINE

Whether that’s doing a face mask or even a nose strip. Make sure that you complete your nightly routine. Also make sure that you have a full night’s sleep and that means 8-10 hours. Yes, I even get 10 hours sometimes to make sure I am fully prepared and well rested. Chug a giant glass of water before you fo to bed as well. Don’t forget to set your alarm clock.

The Morning Of

EAT A HEARTY BREAKFAST

This should be pretty obvious but eat something, don’t skip breakfast at all. The best thing to eat is protein and fruit.

AVOID LARGE AMOUNTS OF CAFFEINE

You don’t want to show up to the shoot on a caffeine high. Trade the big cup of joe for a smaller one.

CONFIRM ONE MORE TIME

Confirm with your videographer one last time before you leave. Just to make sure things are going to plan.

LEAVE EARLY

Don’t forget, just because you mapped out your route the previous night doesn’t mean that traffic can’t hit or an accident can’t happen. So I would suggest leaving 20 minutes earlier than your route says. If you get to the shoot early then you’ll have more time to practice and go over the plan for the day.

AFTER YOUR SHOOT

THANK YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER(S)

Trust me, he/she/they will be very very appreciative! You also never know where the relationship can go in regards to business opportunities in the future. So, showing how appreciative you are will always make a videographer more willing to work with you again.

CONFIRM A VIDEO COMPLETION TIMELINE

Don’t forget to confirm with your videographer the timeline post production. How long will it be until you can see the first draft? A week? Two weeks? Make sure that you get all the answers so that everyone is on the same page.

GET HOME SAFE

It’s been a long day so get home safe and sleep on your success.

That’s it! Those are my tips in order to prepare yourself or your client for the best video shoot for your video! In case this is too long to read every shoot, here is a Free Guide with a checklist you can download right on your phone. Download here!

 
 

Did you use the tips above? I’d like to hear if they were helpful, if you used them, or if there was something that I may have forgotten to include. Let me know in the comments below!