Welcome to this BizVid Communications blog as we present the strategies in scouting a good location for your video. Bizvid communications is the video production leader located in San Diego County.
Here, Bizvid was preparing to videotape a music video for a praise and worship team. We already knew the site for the video; a church in the San Diego area. Our scouting task on this project was to discover the lay of the land and strategize how to best capture the flow of events. In addition to capturing about five original songs, we also needed to interview 8 to 10 individuals during the taping.
While it is often optimum to have the director of photography or camera person join in the scouting…In this instance the producer was responsible for assessing the location and conveying proper information back to the director of photography. Because on the day of the shoot, time will be of essence, the less you leave to chance the better.
This is a photograph of what the sanctuary looked like. Since the musical group would be videotaped in the round, and not on stage … Orthodox positioning of cameras needed to be reconsidered. As such, several different vantage points were assessed and the location of the musicians circle was drawn around the area which represented the musicians’ locations. These different angles would assist the director of photography on knowing which would be best for each of the three camera angles.
As a result of these photographs, the director of photography was able to create this diagram for camera placement.
Photographs were also taken of the control booth and its proximity to the cameras, to assess how cabling might be distributed. Also during the scouting process, electrical outlets were identified so that they could be used easily and quickly during the actual shooting day.
Since interviews were to be an intricate part of the video production, three different locations were scouted within the church building. Each one had its benefits, and drawbacks. Presenting these to the director of photography helped identify the best one, suited for this venue.
We are running out of time on this blog, but we wanted to give you an overview of some of the thought processes in pulling a video location together. The more you think through your needs in advance and have them covered and equipped, the more smoothly your production will go and the happier your clients will be. Thank you for joining us on this blog.