What to do before you shoot

Like most things, filmmaking has a distinct process already in place.  Following this order of operations will help your production.  (Download the complete brochureglobal_images_en_motion_pdficonSmall 617KB )

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Identify the Roll.

The first image of a new roll of film should be the slate.  Identify the camera roll #, production title, date, director and cinematographer.

Shoot the Aspect Ratio Target.

For the first roll of a new project, follow the slate with an aspect ratio target.  This target communicates to everyone working in postproduction the exact framing of the image.  Be sure to include camera information.

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Shoot the Gray Card.

Follow the aspect ratio target with the gray card.  Make certain it is filmed in the primary light source for the scene.  It also helps to include skin tones whenever possible.

Slate Your Scene.

After the gray card, shoot your slate for the first scene.  Include all relevant information.  All takes of the same scene must be slated, as well as any new scenes.

Complete the Camera Report.

Keep all camera activity recorded on your camera report.  Be sure the information on your exposed film label matches the information on the camera report.