There are so many things that can so easily go wrong during a video shoot that it is virtually impossible to ensure a completely smooth shooting day. But by following a few simple steps, a total shooting day disaster can be averted.

A smooth video shoot begins with a good script. All the revisions, additions, deletions, etc. to the shooting script should be completed before the day of the shoot. While one should always be prepared for any eventuality during a shooting including script changes, re-writes should be kept to a minimum and only when absolutely necessary. Order is maintained and chaos averted when cast and crew follow the video script.

The cast must know to report on the day of the shoot, ready to deliver their lines and/or act their part. If they need cue cards to prompt them, this should be relayed to the crew before the day of the shoot so the cards can be prepared properly. Their wardrobe should also be coordinated in advance with the other cast members to avoid glaring color or style mishaps.

The crew and production assistants should also be ready for any technical emergency. It is good to come to the shoot with a spare of anything that can break down or lose power unexpectedly, like batteries, microphones, video camera, etc. Of course, you cannot hope to anticipate every emergency situation that may come up during a video shoot. Finding a way to get around one unexpected technical difficulty, though, is certainly more doable than scrambling to get around a dozen mishaps.

The key to a successful video shoot is preparedness. The creative staff, the talents and the technical crew all have their own parts to play on the day of the shooting. They should come ready to do just that.