Our Camera Operators are not Project Managers or Producers, so we recommend that there is a project owner on the day and a precise schedule with times, locations and shot descriptions.
Create a Shoot Schedule with Locations and Shot Descriptions
A shooting schedule or shot checklist will give the Cam Op an idea of how to manage their time, especially between different locations, or rooms. Describe the type of shot you want, for example close, mid or wide and describe how you would like it to feel.
Allow for variables when shooting People
Remember that shooting people takes longer than getting cutaways. People may make mistakes, want to change the script or have trouble performing, consider this in your schedule.
Help prepare any talent by perfecting the script in their own words, having a run through, thinking about how you would like them to be positioned and dressed.
Think about Shoot Space & Sound
If your Cam Op has never been to the location before, you will need to guide them to potential ideal shoot locations. Remember, any space with lots of natural light, and an interesting background is excellent. Avoid small rooms, with tight corners and no natural light. Consider any excess noise that might interfere with your need to record audio.
Communicate with your Cam Op (and Shootsta) about everything
Your Cam Op is primarily concerned with excellent shot composition, audio and lighting. So if you have expectations around styling, branding, specific content and talent management, please talk to Shootsta first and to your cam op on the day so we can try to adjust to suit your needs.