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It's a pretty long laundry list -- at minimum you are turning things on, running the camera, recording a clip, connecting it to accessories (matteboxes, follow-focus, remote focus), to monitors, even building it on a Steadicam, to make sure you have every connector and widget you think you need, and that it works.


That doesn't include examining each lens and putting it up on the cameras, checking back and front focus, etc.


And then there are all the batteries and chargers, and then there are the filters.


I think I've only thought of a third of the things the AC's go through.


As for the DP, it's a chance to talk to the rental house techs, go over the menus, make sure it can do what you need it to do, it mays also be a time to shoot some tests.

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It tends to depend on the type of show and how much time production has allowed for gear check and testing. Feature films will spend quite a bit of time going through the gear and building up kits, shooting tests and basically checking everything thoroughly. Usually done by ACs, DITs and Steadicam ops, DPs might come in to shoot specific tests or look at lens projections or familiarise themselves with a new camera system. Some DPs are more involved than others.


Shorter rentals tend to spend less time on testing, sometimes these days an AC will barely have time to do a quick gear check.

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