Welcome to the Troubleshooters section. Ever found yourself in a fix on a movie set? This section exists to solve those frustrating technical problems you encounter.
It’s happened to us all. We fire up the camera or sound recorder or a light and NOTHING FREAKIN’ WORKS.
Whether it’s something you’ve never encountered before, or your mind’s simply gone blank (that happens too), you’ll find tips on how you can solve your film production problems quickly and get back to making the movie.
The Troubleshooters are split into different pages for the different issues you’ll encounter:
Power Troubleshooter:for problems with batteries or mains power.
Camera Troubleshooter:camera issues. When there’s something not right with the exposure, colour or image in general.
Sound Troubleshooter:sound levels are wrong or you’re not able to record audio.
Lighting Troubleshooter:a light isn’t working as expected.
Cam. Support Troubleshooter:you’re having problems with a tripod.
Trouble Prevention:tips on prevention production problems before they happen.
For Beginners Upwards
The Troubleshooters are aimed at beginners and upwards. Some of the solutions will be obvious to someone with more experience, but I also get into the less recognisable reasons for stuff not working.
There might also be times when the solution is obvious, but you’re stressed and trying to do 100 things at once. It’s during those moments you can refer to the Troubleshooters. They say two heads are better than one… come bang your head against mine.
Contribute to the Troubleshooters
The Film Production Troubleshooter is a growing resource that can only get better. When I encounter new problems, or even old favourites I’ve forgotten about, I’ll add them to this page.
You can contribute too! Is there something I’ve missed? Maybe a fiendish problem that had you pulling out your hair. Or a great solution that I haven’t included. Please let me know using the form below. You’ll be credited if I use your suggestion.
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