I’ve had the privilege this past week to go on my very first business trip to Florida. The first two days were probably the worst days of my life. Absolutely nothing went right, and I completely hated myself for it. I felt awful that none of the equipment was working: all the recordings were littered with interference and muddy clarity. I was used to being able to troubleshoot and solve problems easily. But not this time.
Since this was the first professional film shoot I had been on, my only other experience was the one class I had in college (Video and Sound Editing), it is understandable that I was feeling a bit lost. Luckily, I did have the help of two amazing film producers/directors. Michael Hemschoot of Worker Studio and Sean Bridgers of Travelin’ Productions that were able to coach me with where to hold the boom pole, what might have been causing the wireless interference and the other numerous problems that arose.
The most important lesson I learned from the trip was that things are going to go wrong. We did have multiple sources to record the audio (which was what I was in charge of). So in the end, we didn’t lose anything important.The only thing I lost was a bit of stubbornness of not wanting to ask for help and I learned how to work even better within our extremely small film crew.