Behind the Scenes on a Studio Shoot

I had originally planned to continue this week with our series looking into making the most of video for your business. However, having been down in London this past week for a ‘pop up’ studio shoot, I thought it might be a good idea to give a view of what life is like on a shoot, from behind the lens.

8.30am

We’re the first people in as we need to start setting everything up. This shoot in particular involved the use of a green screen, as can be seen in the photo, which meany we needed to spend time getting the setup just right. Given this was a ‘pop up’ studio shoot, rather than one in a dedicated film studio, we had to take the time to block out any sources of external light spill.

10.30am

With everything setup and in place, lighting and microphones ready to go, it’s time to bring in the talent. We used autocue for this shoot as there was over 3,500 words to be spoken to camera, but I still find it’s useful to get the on camera talent (be they professional actors / presenters or company employees) to warm up and run through the script so that they are more confident in their delivery and timing once we start the cameras rolling.

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11.30am

Finally it’s time for the filming to commence. Given the length of the videos to be produced and the amount of words to be spoken to camera, this took the majority of the day. In this instance we were working with company employees and I often find that if you aren’t used to speaking to camera or using autocue, it can take time to really become comfortable.

That’s why for the most part we aim for two or three good takes of every single section. You’d be surprised how often during the editing process you noticed small flaws in even solid takes. Getting a few takes of everything ensures we have options when editing, meaning we can pick and choose the best elements from each.

Once the filming was complete, we reviewed the footage to make sure there weren’t any takes we wanted to film again.

3.30pm

With the main filming complete, we de-rig the green screen setup and now switch locations to film a short interview. This time we look to use the location to our benefit, picking somewhere with interesting background content that will help add an extra dimension to the interview.

5.00pm

That’s a wrap! With everything filmed it’s time to de-rig, pack up and head home.

I hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes look at a ‘pop up’ studio shoot. Next week I’ll return to our regular series looking into making the most of video for your business.

Nicholas Langdon