Camera Prep Checklist
Prep starts with talking to the DP and discussing the order. The DP will probably specify what cameras, how many cameras and the lenses (zooms, primes, specialty lenses), what camera head they prefer (or may be the choice of the Operator). How much film stock or recording media is needed. It’s up to the AC to order all cables, accessories, supplies, and all other equipment.
How many batteries? Don’t underestimate—not all batteries will hold a full charge and battery capacity may be impaired by factors such as low temperatures. You won’t always have time to allow them the proper recharge time. Err on the side of caution—most batteries take a surprisingly long time to charge. Standard practice is for the AC or Second to take them home at night to charge.
Another big item for AC camera checkout—all those cables! You need to test every one and make sure the connectors fit properly and, of course, that they are the right type of connections for the cameras, monitors, and other equipment you will be using on the shoot. Always have at least one backup for every cable you’re using. Cables are a frequent source of problems. Be prepared!