I was recently scanning through blogs written by professionals in the Film industry and was instantly drawn to the blog: Backing up in the field by ‘Phillip Bloom’. Although backing up projects, for instance, on an external hard-drive before doing a proper back-up once at your computer or main hard-drive is so important, from my past experience in film courses and classes, it is often overlooked leaving our beginning careers in jeopardy. Bloom shines a light on the fact that often after shoots we have all of our hard work only on one or two SD cards a majority of the time, leaving work vulnerable and the person who owns said work paranoid. Phillip mentions that the worst case scenario if footage isn’t backed up and somehow gets lost or erased is that unique things captured are gone forever. I am also a strong believer that some shots or lighting scenarios are irreplaceable and only able to be captured on a particular day. This could leave a piece of work at the status of mediocre instead of excellent, effecting your career in the Film Industry. A good piece of advice that I have to take away from his blog and constantly keep in my mind is the fact that you have to be paranoid with your work. While your project is in progress and not yet with the client or approved by the client you have to be paranoid and make sure you have the work backed up multiple times. Everything that has been shot is extremely important and needs to be kept safe with multiple backups. I wish when I first started my film classes in high school that I took not only backing up files into more account but backing up on the field before getting to a computer to do a proper backup. I learnt the hard way when I left my footage from my first ever shoot on a single SD card and once returning home found that some of my shots were corrupted causing me to setup a re-shoot. I guess you have to make mistakes to learn and what I’ve learnt is to back-up on set!
The blog I am referencing can be found here: http://philipbloom.net/blog/backingupinthefield/