It’s easy to think that you are doing this. But going with the flow will outwork in ways that may challenge your comfortability.
We just did a full day shoot with some adorable children for ECR4Kids out of San Diego CA. But, as adorable as they were, they were still kids. Allowing for some play with the pre-made schedule where needed is essential when working with children. Heh, take and retake and retake again is common working with anyone. And necessary.
“Padding” is extra space to work with. At any shoot it is essential. You should NEVER assume your day will go just as planned. Even if it does, additional time will enhance the shoot. For instance it may allow you to get some different versions of things that are even better than you captured at first. It will allow for some refresh times for cast and crew and will overall make the day feel both ‘safer’ and more successful in the long run.
Some good questions to ask pre filming day are:
Having too many people on a set doesn’t always aid performance or efficiency. Of course, discovering and discussing should be allowed (and encouraged!) on any production. But keep a keen awareness to what is helping and what is detracting.
Let your cast and crew do what you hired and entrusted them to do. Know when to speak up and when to let the creative happen. It may take time.