It’s always a balance between the mechanics and zen. Mechanics? The night BEFORE clean your lens, charge your batteries and make sure you have enough cassettes. And when you get back from the shoot it’s not a bad idea to go through the same process – just in case tomorrow brings another opportunity.
The Zen? Well you know the five W’s of journalism – who, what, when, where and why? Okay they’ll be useful later but first combine them all into one…
BIG W: What do I WANT?
What do I hope this footage will be? How will it look and feel and fit into the bigger picture? Think about it – get a mental image. Be ready to change it on the spot – in fact expect to — but keep the feeling, understand the reason you’re there, what do you WANT?