As I find steadicam ops to be most intelligent on most questions regarding the shooting, I throw this question out here:
WHEN should a camera operator say "set"? Should we say it only when the frame has been set, or do we call the whole shot to be clear of every props, costume, mic in position etc.?
Here, in Europe, every discipline is different. Some crews demand, that I call "set", others just call "action!" after the stix. I prefer the version with the "set".
It makes more sense to me, that we call "set" when the whole crew is ready, because sometimes the 1AD or director or who ever is calling "action" doesn't see if everyone is ready and a boom might sweep across the screen just as actors have begun.
Or does it make any sense in any other way?
Ants Martin Vahur
Estonia (I think moderators should put back the location tag to members profile)