Posted 11 November 2006 - 06:12 PM
One of the things to consider is that different labs and regions may have different report sheet standards. I've never worked in the US, but reading Doug Hart's book, it sounds like some report sheets are smaller than a standard piece of paper. Here in the UK the reports are always a full page, with full lines for each slate/take. That's obviously going to be much easier to keep the info on.
The other thing to consider is what you're shooting. It's not uncommon to write little beyond "lens var, T var" on a music video shoot report sheet, and just cram as many rolls onto a page as possible. Feature films, obviously, will be much more detailed.
I've found that having a tin is very useful because it not only can keep everything together (ruler, older sheets, can labels) and hold the sheets down, but it also is good protection for the sheets in the event of snow, rain, wind, etc. Usually just stash it in the back or front pocket of a camera bag.
My other rule is to always write down the info as it's happening in a little notebook, and only transcribe that info to the report sheet AFTER the roll is dead. Just avoids little problems if you try to anticipate too much...