Well, the same can be applied to your office location. Think of the cable television installer or refrigerator repair person that trampled into your home with muddy boots or showed up late. Production companies are subject to the same expectations of caring service.
We also lock down our filming schedule. For example, if we are filming an interview, 1.5 hours to bring in the gear, light the shot, setup the cameras and audio, dress the background and solve any problems is normally sufficient time.
At the location, a table or chair will most likely need to be repositioned, as well as objects in the background, including pictures, plants or paperwork. Leaving no trace also means returning everything back to where they were originally found.
Safety is the top priority. This includes securing the lighting and stands with sandbags, taping down cables in walkways, and moving obstacles to allow a clear path.
Rolling the cameras on time is key. The talent (interviewee) and the client depend on the crew to complete the filming within the time promised. Staying organized allows everyone involved to do their job and not overlook important elements, such as straightening interviewee’s tie. Keeping on schedule allows the sound recordist to pause filming for a passing fire truck, for example.
Then we wrap. We check the recording and load out the equipment the same, quiet and efficient way we loaded in. One final check of the space to make sure nothing is left behind. One final look to see that we left no trace.