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Every video shoot has multiple moving parts; so good organization and flexibility is key. How else can you help ensure that your Orlando video production runs smoothly? Experience speaks volumes, so follow these tried and true tips when making your next commercial, corporate film, music video, or another film project.
Schedule Production Meetings
Is it ever too early to schedule a production meeting? Your first meeting can be an “anything goes” brainstorming session, whether everyone can make suggestions and throw out ideas. In general, brainstorming and storyboarding are huge parts of a successful video shoot. Careful storyboarding, in particular, will help save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary reshoots. Before heading out with your film crew, you can test ideas and see what may or may not work.
As you work to develop your vision and goal for the video project, you will narrow down the perimeters. Think carefully about how much time the shoot will require, and always include extra time for breaks, travel considerations, and set-up transitions. By planning the day carefully ahead of time, you will avoid major scheduling headaches when the shoot arrives. If possible, plan for and practice quick transitions so that you do not lose a lot of time. If you plan to shoot on location, check on the size, layout, and availability as well as any necessary permits or other fees.
Stick to Your Budget
A good Orlando video production team will work with you to organize a shoot within your budget. They can help keep things from getting out of hand, financially speaking. Another way to help yourself stay within your budget is by knowing your resources. Do you have talented employees who could act in the commercial? Would one of your offices work as a good background for a scene? Do you have aesthetically pleasing grounds or a courtyard that could be incorporated? Video productions need polish and professionalism, not an overinflated budget.
Even the best-planned, most organized shoots can have problems arise or even simple adjustments that must be made. Every video production involves many details, and some last-minute changes will invariably have to be made on the day of the shoot. Have a plan and a back-up plan, but be willing to try new things, especially if some aspect of the shoot is not going well. The ability to be flexible will also help you cope with things like difficult weather or lighting, uncomfortable interviews, or unexpected background noises.
Set Clear Goals and Expectations
Never begin work on a video production unless you know the purpose of the shoot. What will the footage be used for, and who is your audience? What kind of tone or overall atmosphere would you like to establish? Video marketing is a powerful tool, but it must be used wisely. Your video production will be much more successful if you establish clear goals and expectations early on.
Keep Spirits High
When the day of the shoot arrives, try to enjoy it. Whenever possible, shrug off any mistakes or mishaps and move on. Be thankful and appreciative of everyone involved, and have plenty of food, water, and snacks on hand. Staying positive will help keep your entire crew engaged and working hard, resulting in the perfectfinished project.
Our Orlando Video Production Company, NG Production Films, has over a decade of professional experience handling all aspects of video shoots, from active legwork to behind-the-scenes decisions and editing. We can help make all aspects of your next video production run smoothly. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call NG Production Films at 877-203-2895 or simply fill out our contact form for a prompt reply.