When it comes to doing a project with no script, and no way of knowing how something will play out like doing a wedding, I think it is best to try and prepare for any situation. The one thing I like to do, and I do this when I know I am going to be shooting outside is to always be checking the weather. Being that this is my first wedding, I have been preparing for it for about a month now trying to minimize any issues I may run into. No mater how prepared you think you are, you will still find an issue you will have to work around, but planning can make issues easier to deal with.
The first thing I think is important is to create a check list. Write down every single piece of equipment you have even if you know your not going to use it. If it helps, take a picture of every piece of equipment. To have a way of keeping track of your inventory is always going to benifit you.
Keep things organized! Find a way to keep things in places that are easy to find. Create folders on your computer for your when you start post-production. Create scene folders, and folders for b-roll footage.
The next thing I want to mention is communication with your client. Make sure you have good directions, and find out if the event will be inside, or outside. This will insure you have the necessary gear to execute your shoot day. This may even give you info on what you may need to purchase like filters for outside, or camera lights for inside.
What time does the event start, and what time are you going to show up. Plan for the worst traffic, trains, or accidents that will cause you to be late. You may want to be there an hour early to get some b-roll footage, and to setup all your gear you will be using.
I am going to the rehearsal on Friday, and this will give me a look at possible shooting spots, gear setup, and audio setup. The couple that is getting married is having their ceremony in a park, so I know audio may be an issue. I’m going to have two camera’s both recording audio, and if I there are plug-ins then I will use my wireless audio device, and hook a mic to the groom.
The last thing I would like to mention is to make sure you have enough tape, or memory card space; also, you want to be sure you have enough battery power. I baught an extra memory card and I got two more batteries with a car charger off Amazon. It helps to write your pre-production procese down, and either a journal, or a blog like I am doing because it can make you think of ways to better prepare yourself, or bring up things you may have forgotten.
Until next time..