I was a gaffer for a short film over the weekend down in Olympia. It was a pretty tight shoot with a limited budget and a small crew, so one thing that really saved us time was that we ended up staying in one of the locations.
It did help that the location was a hotel room. But being able to wake up and just start shooting saved us a ton of time. Especially for me, I’m generally an early riser and when I have idle hands I just start working. So I talked with the DP ahead of time and figured out the next days lighting setup, then while everyone else was sleeping (in the adjoining hotel room) I set up all the lights and got our first shot set up. It probably saved us a good 60-90 minutes (including load in time), and when you’re dealing with low budgets that’s a huge benefit.1 year ago