The efficiency of the shoot is
often the result of a well-coordinated pre-production process,
for which the script or synopsis is the most important
foundation. Controlling the controllable is the key to enabling
the production team to navigate around the many uncontrollables that
may be encountered on location - bad weather, unforeseen delays
at the location, and even the uncertainties inherent in working
with children, animals and the unsuspecting public.
Every production is different. Some may require many locations,
some may require few. Some productions will work both on
location and in the studio. In common, all productions share the
reality of the fact that it is only that which is filmed and
recorded and brought home, from which the final production may
be edited and completed, therefore attention to detail is vital.
Few productions are filmed in the same chronological order as in
the script. The logistics of each production and its
participants will dictate the order in which scenes are filmed.
We strive to film using the minimum number of people necessary -
both crew and observers - to optimize our ability to concentrate
on the job in hand.
Some productions are filmed by a single crew, usually working
with a single-camera approach. Some productions will be filmed
using multiple crews and even multiple cameras, often dividing
the task between "principal photography" for which the
full crew is necessary, and "second unit" work, where
a smaller crew harvests additional footage, stock shots, still
photos, or supplementary audio recordings.
Our primary acquisition format is
HDCAM - a proven HD technology - typically working in the