Now that I'm settled into my new 4200 sq. ft. studio, I have a ton of space. However, that wasn't always the case; in a smaller space, organization was the key to sanity. Tripping over gear and frantically searching for grip equipment is frustrating and doesn't look good in front of clients. I believe if you have an organized workspace that organization will be reflected in your mood while on set, allowing you to stay calm, cool, and collected. In this video, I show you four tips to starting down the path to a more organized studio.
Tip #1: Use pegboard to organize your grip equipment. This stuff can be as big or small as you need to accommodate all your gear. Simply add a few hooks (available at any hardware store) and start hanging.
Tip #2: Use an accordion file to organize and store your gels. Available at most office supply stores, these can be helpful in separating densities, colors, or even sizes of all your gels.
Tip #3: Use a rolling toolbox for set supply storage. These come in several sizes and colors; find one that you can work at standing up, and store all your gaffer's tape, bounce cards, adhesives, and other set items so you don't have to run around the studio looking for these items, taking you away from creating images.
Tip #4: Hang your seamless background paper. This tip was passed along to me by my friend, Rob Grimm, and works beautifully for keeping the paper from getting beaten up and also keeps it off the floor.
If you have clever ideas for storing gear, please share them in the comments!