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Some video productions work best in a studio, but others are meant to be filmed outdoors. Finding just the right location may seem like a challenge, but these five tips will help you streamline the process and find the perfect place to film:
- Choose the Right Time to Scout
Will your production be filmed on a weekday morning or weekend afternoon? Visit potential locations at the same time you would be filming them and consider the following:
- Traffic noise
- Pedestrian traffic
- Street, lot, or building accessibility
- Seasonal tourist traffic
Pay particular attention to the amount of both ambient and artificial noise at each site. High-quality audio and editing equipment can work wonders, but you still want to choose a location that is low in traffic noise, echoes, and pedestrians talking. You should also look for postings in the area that may list information about upcoming construction or public events that could disrupt your production plans. Finally, revisit the site the week of filming to ensure things have not changed dramatically.
- Look at the Available Light
As you examine each location throughout the day, imagine planning your shoot around the amount of available light. Is the site in partial sun, full sun, or full shade? Make note of any awnings or large trees that could cast unwanted shadows halfway through filming. If you have any concerns about lighting or the way the light may change throughout the day, talk to your camera crew for advice and solutions.
- Keep Your Script at the Forefront
Whatever location you choose should support the script of your Orlando video production. The possibilities are endless, from natural, outdoor backgrounds to more urban, modern settings. Choose whatever will support your script the most, whether it is the beach, a historic site, or a building with eye-catching architecture.
- Take Along a Camera
No matter how you would rate your photography skills, take along a digital camera or smartphone to capture quick shots at each potential location. These images, combined with a notebook listing each spot visited, will help you remember what worked and more easily share ideas with others back at the office.
- Consider Parking and Permits
You may choose to film your production in a public setting or a more remote location. Either way, you should ensure that there is ample parking or at least the ability to drive up and drop off audio and video equipment. In addition, you need to ensure that you can obtain all necessary permissions and permits to film in any given location. Required permissions will vary by location, so check with the owner of the building or the city for more information. Public spaces are generally not a problem unless you will be impeding street or sidewalk traffic. Once you have chosen a site and have permission to film, make sure you know how to get there without issue, and that you can direct others there through written or verbal instructions.
For help choosing the right outdoor location and producing a high-quality video, contact our Orlando video production company, NG Production Films. We have over fifteen years of experience filming at various outdoor sites around the Orlando area. Call us today at (877) 203-2895 or fill out our simple online contact form for a free, no-obligation consultation.