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How to Prepare for a Video Shoot

It’s 10PM and you receive a call asking if you’re available for a freelance video shoot in the morning. Great, but now you have to decide what to pack in order to get ready.


Working a news story and unsure what kind of situation you’ll be walking into? Here’s a guide on what to consider taking…



  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Charged Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Tripod
  • Card/Tape Media
  • BNC cable for monitoring
  • Mattebox w/filters



  • ENG Handheld Mic
  • Wireless Mic Pack
  • Windscreens
  • Boom w/shotgun mic. etc.
  • Headphones
  • XLR Cable (for wiring your mic or plugging into a mult box)
  • Batteries



  • 3-point light kit (for sit down interviews/live hits)
  • HMI light kit (for daytime live hits)
  • Extension Cords
  • Dimmers (in case you want to dim table lamps or your own kit)
  • Reflector Kit
  • Sandbags
  • Protective Gloves (if working with fixtures that give off excessive heat)
  • Cucoloris/Window Pattern Kit



  • Rain gear (for yourself and all equipment)
  • Snack/mini meal
  • Beverage
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pen/Paper Pad
  • Charged Cell Phone
  • Battery Cell Phone Charger
  • Boots (in case of flood, mud, snow)
  • Blanket
  • Overnight Bag (toiletries, change of clothes for shoots that last longer than expected)
  • Ice Scraper & Shovel (if out in winter weather)
  • Towels (in case equipment needs to be cleaned off)
  • Basic Toolkit with Flashlight (in case of any on-the-spot equipment repairs/maintenance)
  • Protective Mask for dusty environments
  • Folding Camping Chair (great for stakeouts and long media days)
  • Press Credentials (even if you have to make something; this can be helpful in case you are a contracted member of the media and need to convene with your producer/sat truck operator beyond a checkpoint/road block)