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Part seven: be prepared

Preparation is the best way to make sure your shoot goes smoothly.

Finally, the key to a successful shoot is being prepared! Filmmaking can take many different forms, but whether you are looking to capture some beautiful scenery, film your favourite sport, or produce a scripted drama, having all of your assets in place is essential for a successful shoot. Ensure your transport, script, storyboard, locations, interviewees, actors and gear are all in place - and don’t forget to check the weather!

Shooting video on your smartphone can use up a lot of storage space, so make sure you have plenty available. Also, using your phone for video recording will drain your battery quickly, so being organised, and spending time efficiently, is essential.

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