TIP 1: HAVE A LIST
You know how when you go to the grocery store, you take a list a long to make sure you don't forget anything? We do that because food is important and the list thing works. Why would you think any different for your production?
Make a list of all the things you need to take along with you and mark things off as you pack them. You'll be surprised at what you forget sometimes!
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TIP 2: KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT
TIP 3: HAVE A MEDIA/POWER SYSTEM
There's nothing more frustrating then looking for a charged battery in a pile of dead batteries. It looks unprofessional, wastes time, and you feel like an idiot for not having a system.
Have a system.
It honestly doesn't matter what it is. Figure out some way to make sure you know which batteries are good, and which are bad.
Same goes for media. You never want to format a card that hasn't been dumped, right?
Have a system.
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TIP 4: GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME
Do you think that interview will take an hour?
Nope. It might take half a day. You should plan for that.
What about that dialogue scene? It's just 3 people talking, right?
Those take for freaking ever to shoot. You should plan for that.
The more time you give yourself, the less stressed you'll be. Overestimate the time it will take, and you might just be cookin' right along and have some time to go get coffee. Everybody feels better when things are ahead of schedule.
TIP 5: BE FLEXIBLE
Let's be real here. You're making a movie. Your job, no matter how stressful it might seem in the moment, is kind of awesome. Give people slack, stay calm, and remember that at the end of the day, even if it all goes down hill, you can go to Denny's and have a grand slam breakfast. And that's really what it's all about anyway, right?