Some helpful ideas and links for Producers and Cameramen

COVID-19 best shooting practices

  • This past year has given us many challenges but we have continued to be able to work safely and protect ourselves and those around us. One of the most important aspects is to make sure the guests or talent know that we take it seriously, and are doing our utmost to ensure we all stay safe, and then they feel comfortable and perform better too. 
  • Of course we wear masks at all times on location, sanitise our hands regularly and maintain social distancing but there are practical considerations that help and are always worth being reminded of
  • Avoid unnecessary stops on the way to the shoot and travel in separate vehicles
  • Keep our equipment organised and compact and separate
  • A little bit of extra time helps more than anything. Best practice is more likely to be overlooked when you are rushing
  • Keep the room ventilated where possible
  • Of course use boom mics when possible and sanitise any personal mics thoroughly
  • Communicate what you’re doing and why you’re doing – it will put everyone at ease
  • Here is a link to some guidelines to follow for filming safely 

The Recce

  • The recce is so important for some shoots – here’s some ideas of what you should look out for and what questions you should ask, especially if we can’t be there with you.
  • Is there some parking on site or nearby, and are there any height restrictions?
  • What are the room dimensions? And the height? 
  • Sound: Is there a busy road outside? Is the floor carpeted? Is there much of an echo in the room? Does the floor creak? Aircon with local control? Are there workmen scheduled in the building?
  • Will there be windows in shot and where will the sun be? How tall are the windows if they need to be blacked out?
  • Are there curtains or blinds that can be drawn?
  • Are the chairs right for the shoot? Do they swivel or creak?
  • Power sockets? Are they standard (not round 3pin  as in some hotels)?
  • Any fixtures, beams or ceiling grids to hang backlights from? 
  • Any low tables to have in foreground (if its a 2shot)
  • Any tables to move/dress behind?
  • What is available to dress the background?
  • If 1+1 will the 2 singles work as well as a central 2 shot? 
  • Any glass/mirrors behind? 
  • Take a photo from each potential camera position as well as some big wides
  • Any suggestions of anything we should add to this list? it’s aways great to have feedback. Give Mark a call or an email

On a lighter note here are some videos that will hopefully bring a smile

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