Pan, 1st - check the usual undercar incidentals - for tears in the CVJ boots, loose exhaust components, evidence of brake fluide leakage at the calipers, etc., then button it up once the motor oil drips are spaced a second or so apart. (I read on an industry oil filter site - National Oil Filter Manufacturer's Association, or some such - that the longer the pan remains empty, the better the odds of the oil pump losing its prime...) At that point, the oil filter is cool enough to unscrew with my bare hand after repositioning the drain pan to catch my horizontally mounted oil filter's spit-up. The last engine I ruined using this technique was... Hmmm, I never ruined an engine. Dang! Also begs the question - how much time do stealership service departments and Gypie Lubes, who're both under the gun to move cars through the bays, allow for the drain process.
(I'm surprised the American Psychiatric Association hasn't become a BITOG site sponsor with a direct access banner ad...)