What to Do Before You Shoot
Like most things, filmmaking has a distinct process already in place. Following this order of operations will help your production. (Download the complete brochure 617KB )
Identify the Roll
The first image of a new roll of film should be the slate. Identify the camera roll #, production title, date, director and cinematographer.
Shoot the Aspect Ratio Target
For the first roll of a new project, follow the slate with an aspect ratio target. This target communicates to everyone working in postproduction the exact framing of the image. Be sure to include camera information.
Shoot the Gray Card
Follow the aspect ratio target with the gray card. Make certain it is filmed in the primary light source for the scene. It also helps to include skin tones whenever possible.
Slate Your Scene
After the gray card, shoot your slate for the first scene. Include all relevant information. All takes of the same scene must be slated, as well as any new scenes.
Complete the Camera Report
Keep all camera activity recorded on your camera report. Be sure the information on your exposed film label matches the information on the camera report.
Film Shipping Labels
When you ship your film be sure to include the camera report. Your lab can advise on preferred carriers.
As with any valuable shipment, be sure to insure it. Remember to package everything carefully so it doesn't get damaged, torn, or lost. An additional concern when shipping film-especially with air shipments-is avoiding damage from X-ray scanning.Do Not X-Ray stickers are available for download.
But these stickers alone are no guarantee. We recommend you contact your carrier directly so they can provide you with their requirements and processes.