to define a good shooting day

The emotional aspects of filming is fueled by adrenaline. The high joys and the intense fears and anxietes; all based on pure energy. Being in the middle of it, you have no real time to debate greatly about shot sizes and angles; surely you have to step back and pause  now and then, but for the most part, you have to rely on your instincts, which will serve you well if you´ve prepared yourself enough. A thorough script analysis and breakdown (especially if you´ve written it yourself) is quite essential. The goal of all shoots, is, that by the end of the day, you make sure you get the shots you need, to tell the story you want to tell. The coverage is King. However, that alone doesn´t guarantee a successful shoot. Getting amazing visuals and fantastic performances from your actors isn´t enough to qualify a day on set as great.

A great day of production can only be measured by the amount of regrets you carry with you to bed that very same night. Did the crew have fun during shooting? Was it a too stressfull day? Did the logistics work? Were there enough positive energy on set? Was everyone treated with respect? Did I as a teamleader get too caught up with the final goal, rather than thinking about how to get there? These are questions that I, as a director and producer, is in a constant wrestling match about. Is a great shot worth getting at any price? I´m not saying that every crew or set has to be fueled by hugs and love and smiles all around, but I do believe in having a harmonic crew. I do believe that you will get a better film of commercial or whatever, if the crew has had a good time. Because what you put down in the basket of investment behind the camera, will project itself infront of it.

There are no perfect shooting days. Thereis always something that you wanted to do better, faster, in another way. But considering how much time and energy goes into a shooting day, there shouldn´t be bad ones.