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Video Production Services - Pre Production Stage

What will the set look like? Are there multiple locations? Have you figured out the backgrounds for each and every shot? Have you decided who is in each shot? Do you need props or furniture? Who will bring them? Make sure that you visit every site where you plan to shoot to make sure that there arenâEUR(TM)t any surprises.

I remember shooting a video at a beautiful location, where I was guaranteed that no one would be around to get in the way of our shooting. I dutifully conducted my site survey and everything looked and sounded fine. Unfortunately, we didnâEUR(TM)t hear the airplanes flying overhead when we did our site survey. And we didnâEUR(TM)t hear the train that came by every hour. Nor did we hear or see the flock of geese when we were scouting the location. But all of these distracting nuisances were present during our shoot. Fortunately, I had a contingency plan and we had indoor locations identified in advance. Having a plan B is not a bad idea. If you want to be really safe, shoot your production in a studio, so you can be assured of complete control over the location.

Lighting is another consideration. Is the location well lit? Or do you have to supply lighting? If you have windows in the background and the sun is shining in behind the subject that you are shooting, the external lighting will play havoc with your shot. If you encounter this type of shooting situation, you should use gels on the windows to adjust for the color temperature of the light.What about audio? Audio quality is generally assumed or forgotten about until it goes bad. And when itâEUR(TM)s bad, it will be the main focus of everyoneâEUR(TM)s attention. So you need to make sure people are miced properly. Redundant audio is a good thing to have. For instance, everyone that needs to be heard needs a lavaliere microphone or at least have a shotgun mic aimed at them. So to play it safe, you could have a lavolier mic on the person, capturing the audio on one channel and have a shotgun mic mounted on the camera capturing redundant audio on a separate channel. This way, if something goes wrong and a lavaliere mic cuts out, you can replace the audio with second channel of audio and the shot will be saved. Matching the audio can be difficult, so test your mics before you shoot your video to make sure they have a similar sound or can be âEUR~tweakedâEUR(TM) during editing
The final matter weâEUR(TM)ll discuss is the shooting script. The regular script that everyone is familiar with identifies the sequential or chronological order of your production. However, a shooting script groups the shots according to location. For instance, shots 5, 14, 35, and 95 may take place in the cafeteria. It would take forever and be cost prohibitive to shoot your video in a different location as it sequentially appears in the script. Therefore, all of the cafeteria shots need to be shot at the same time, unless thereâEUR(TM)s a good reason not to. Grouping your shots will save time, money and patience.

DonâEUR(TM)t forget that even though these various shots are in the same location, if they require actors to have different clothes on because they occur later in the video or itâEUR(TM)s supposed to be another day for instance, you need to prepare for the.

These are the major considerations for your pre-production activities and to find. So once everyone has been contacted, told when and where to appear, and everything else has been planned, youâEUR(TM)re ready to enter the production phase.

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