I am shooting a video in the operating room and I need to find out about placing of the cameras and if there are any procedures with regard to sterilization of the equipment.
I will be shooting with a Panasonic HVX2000 or Sony Z1. How can I place the cameras. Should I use a small crane and keep the camera close to the lights pointing down to the surgical area. I figured a tripod on wheels may be in the way. Does anyone have experience in shooting video in a sterilized operating room?
I have shot a surgical proceedure b/4. We were dressed up for sterile. Cams were not.
We had a video feed as part of the surgury so we didn't need to get right in with the shot, so I can't answer to that. Can you have a phone chat w/ the surgens?
General rule of thumb - anything blue is sterile, or at least something you don't want to touch.
When people ask me how to shoot surgery I of course say "hire me!"
But what i will tell you is, have good communication with the surgeon. Setup a small monitor that the surgeon can see without having to turn his or her head too far away from the operation. Watch your exposure - surgery is extremes of light and dark.
If you are not accustomed to the OR, be prepared for some odd smells and long hours on your feet. I keep some mints or lozenges in my camera bag. Eat when you can.