“Treat it like a newborn baby.” I’m pretty sure that is what my lecturer told us at the first class. Most of us found it funny until we really started getting into the care of the camcorder and the rules for the class. The list went something like:
- Make sure the lens are covered when you are not using the camcorder
- Walk with the lens facing backwards
- Charge the battery when you’re finished
- Don’t leave the camera in extreme temperatures.
- Etc. Etc. Etc.
After going through the long list and understanding the delicacy of the camcorder I understood why my lecturer would refer to it as my new born child. Within the same breath she also mentioned some other random items (or items I thought were random at the time) we should always have on a shoot.
- Tape – this is understandable
- A knife – to cut the tape? Ok.
- Newspapers – Are we job hunting on set?
- Garbage bags – now this is just weird.
Seems like the most random list of all time doesn’t it? Again, when further explained these lists really did make sense and were really necessary. Depending on the weather and just how unfortunate you are, you may need from anywhere between two to all of these things on your shoot.
My point is, never take anything your instructor says about your shoot and your camcorder lightly. In the video making world we deal with some of the most delicate equipment that need the most delicate care and attention. So, take care of your new born, don’t neglect your new born and guard your new born.