Choosing the right location for your video – whether it is for a corporate campaign or a grand wedding – is the initial step to a successful shoot. You have probably seen some disastrous shoots where the battery died at the wrong moment and the props fell off just when everyone is ready to act. But there is a certain type of readiness that you might not be prepared for. More than the camera batteries or the spare SD cards, what you need is to scout the right location for your next important video.
Here are 11 useful tips to remember when scouting for the best location –
Understand the Script
You can choose the size that matches the story or theme of your video. If you have to remember a crucial rule, this has to be it. Location scouting’s first rule of finding the best location is for you to sit down and understand the script. For a modern script, then you can have urban landscapes and buildings.
Pick a location that lends the story which you would want to reiterate in the video. Be careful, though, as locations can also bind you. Remember that a location must be used as a raw material.
The Right Location Comes at the Right Timing
Locations can quickly change so it was wise to check the spot on the week and eventually the day that you will be taping. Check factors such as noise, automobile traffic near the area, recreation spots and entertainment areas that are just nearby could cause distraction during the day of the shoot.
Check the Lights
Ballrooms, churches, auditoriums, and restaurants have low amounts of lighting, generally speaking. So be sure to check the light levels by bringing some of your equipment and taking a few shots or test footage. The camcorder should record the actual look of the light per frame.
Establishing that you have a problem in poor lighting is a good way to determine which solutions you would seek. You could bring in lights or ask the permission of the owners of the location to replace a few bulbs during the day of the shoot – at your expense, of course.
If you want to save some money on lighting, then you should make good use of outdoor lighting. Just as challenging as exterior illumination is indoor illumination so know which options to seek before you say yes to one location.
Check the Power Supply
Should you choose outdoor location, be sure that you will have ample power supplies. It is always a good idea to bring multiple camera batteries or your own generator set.
Check Also the Elements
Wind, rain, sun, cold and heat can all hurt or help the shoot – in one way or another. Depending on what scenes you would want to capture on your video, be critical about the weather forecast as you start scouting for the right location.
Video cameras do not perform well under the rain or when exposed to a salty beach. Smeared lenses will harm the card reader inside as well as the overall appearance of the scene so be very careful.
Ask for Permission
Lastly, be sure to secure permits and other forms of legal permissions as these can easily impede your work during the first day of the shoot.