Communication Through the Ranks (1 reply and 2 comments)
On sets with larger crews, and projects that have long pre-production stages, it can often be difficult to make sure every important decision is communicated properly to all the relevant members of the crew. This is particularly true when conversations can no longer take place in person. What approach do you take to keeping things organized and communicated? Do you tend not to lock in certain decisions in prep to allow for more improvisation on the day? I’ve asked a similar question to Shane Hurlbut on one of his live stream discussions, which he answered with a kind of look book and lighting plot bible that he writes for each project. I’m interested to hear the approach from someone who tends toward a more documentary style, improvisational approach.
I certainly enjoy improvising but, as you can see from the lighting diagrams posted on this site, I do prep in great detail. I also work through my thoughts about a set or a location with the key members of my crew in person. I welcome that time in which to discuss ideas and focus on the aspects of a shoot that are most important. I believe that if you don't have a plan you can't change it!
What I enjoy most about film making and my job as a cinematographer is the collaboration. I have no experience of a covid shoot. I am a very hands on person when it comes to lighting and I always operate the camera, so I doubt a covid regime would work for me.
For what it's worth: Covid regime just means you will be wearing a face shield and mask. You will have the same functioning capabilities as prior, just with the addition of the safety guideline mask and face shield. (Might be able to get away with the shield sometimes too) but, as someone who is working on set currently in Atlanta, the activities per each department and each personnel has stayed pretty parallel to the PreCovid era. You can still be hands on, from what I've seen with other DP's. I'm still hands on with my duties.
The prep, pre-prod, and collaboration will be different. That will be quite virtual and not as collaborative in person as before, so I would venture to assume that aspect will see the most change moving forward.