We recently had some filming to do in Mumbai, India. The trip was always going to be crazy as we had jobs in Australia a day either side of the India job, and that left no time for any problems, everything was on a very tight schedule that had to be followed to precision for this to come off. Our initial job was in Hobart, and following that we were to fly to India, and be there for less than 12 hours before frantically flying back to make a job in Brisbane on the way home. We would usually plan with plenty of margin for error, but sometimes the job does not allow such luxuries. The trip was successful, there were plenty of hurdles, but with a good combination of being as prepared as possible, and unstoppable forward motion, we managed to complete what would usually be a few weeks worth of work, in less than 5 days. I got some amazing footage that I couldn't wait to start editing, so I didn't. I made the most of the 14 hour flight back to Australia by putting out a few edits on the plane. When you enjoy your work and are motivated by success, its easy to smash work out day and night, and make the most of the 24 hours you're given each day.
Tips for roving videographers:
Get a good laptop that can edit, your work back at home doesn't need to come to a screaming halt while you're away, you can edit from a hotel room just as easy as editing from an office. Make use of hotel rooms, green rooms, cab rides, plane flights to put your computer to work.Log and capture your footage as you go, and make sure you carry a couple of portable hard drives, its important to always back up your content, especially when in transit. disguise expensive equipment. When you are in a foreign country you may need to take extra precautions against theft of your equipment. Video equipment can be hard to hide, but it is easy to make it look old or inexpensive. Try wrapping some brown tape around your lens, or keeping your gear in tacky looking bags, anything you can do to deter somebody from wanting to steal your expensive looking shiny things. Lastly, pack as light as you can, your mobility depends on it, and the more mobile you are the more locations and action you are likely to capture. Try using suitcases and backpacks instead of large hard cases and camera bags. I was able to take the foam inserts from my DJI Ronin hard case and fit them in to a suitcase, which also had room for a small tripod and all of my clothes, and with my Sony FS7 in my backpack (With a little extra padding), I was able to carry all my gear at once, and have one hand free.
- Craig Gibbons
Co-Founder Luminary Studios