Cinematography Techniques
These 5 time-saving tips will save you a lot of time on set. Image courtesy Unsplash.

Video producers deal with a lot on set and are always pressed for time. Time is money and you can’t waste it. That’s why we collected these 5 time-saving tips for video producers.

To prevent wasting your time, you need to be vigilant to identify and deter any potential problems. Use these 5 time-saving tips to help you run your shoot much more efficiently:

1. Light a stand-in

Lighting your set can take up a ton of time. It can be much more efficient if you get all the preliminary positioning done before your actors arrive. You don’t need to wait for them to arrive to get the lighting ready. Use a friend or crew member as a stand-in to get the lighting, audio and camera set.

2. Mic a position, not your actor

One way to save time on your set is to use a lavaliere mic for most scenes. Attaching a lav microphone to your actor can take up a lot of time, but it isn’t always necessary. If you shoot multiple interview subjects, it may be easier to mic the position, rather than individually mic each interviewee.

Mic a location, not individuals to save time
Mic a location, not individuals to save time. Image courtesy Unsplash.

3. Group and shoot shots by setup

Another way you can save time is to shoot your segments out of sequence. It requires some organizational skills and a good eye for continuity, but shooting segments out of sequence can be a huge time saver.

4. Pack the same way every day

Knowing where everything is will save you time. Pack everything you bring to set the same way every day. This will allow you know instantly where something is so you can grab it right away. You can stay focused and get what you need in a matter of seconds.

5. Silence your cell

Never allow your phone to interrupt your important work on set. Cell phones can be a huge distraction. Silence it so you can focus on the tasks at hand.

We hope these 5 time-saving video tips will end up saving you a lot of time on your set. You can learn more about these time-saving tips by reading “5 Time-Saving Corners to Cut on the Set.”

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