The video team has been scheduled, and they’re going to shoot at your office. But where? Having a few candidates ready to show them cuts down on prep time, and gets your schedule moving more efficiently! Here’s a few tips on picking and preparing candidates in advance.
1.) Pick a hot spot! The list of candidates should always start with places that are the most visually appealing. Are there any meeting rooms that have vibrant pieces of art, or furniture in them? Perhaps a lobby with colorful flowers? Keep these locations high on your list.
Interiors are always best, as we can’t control the weather (or the wind!). Also, rooms that have movable objects (plants, chairs, tables, or other art) often work well, too. This gives us the opportunity to re-stage a space, and tailor it to whatever particular shot we want to use.
2.) Keep the traffic down. It’s best to select places that have minimal amounts of nearby foot traffic. Conference rooms that aren’t on main thoroughfares, and rooms away from lobbies are typically best.
However, if you’ve got a location in one of those spots that looks fantastic, try arranging for that space. Send out an office-wide memo so that people don’t meet in those areas, or post signs that advise people recording is in progress.
3.) How does it sound? Now that you’ve got a general idea of a few spaces that could work, head over there and spend a minute listening to the sounds around you. What can you hear? Cars? Airplanes? The coffee machine in the adjacent room? Pick a room that appears to have the least of these audio anomalies, as it will give us the cleanest sound.
If the room appears quiet, try saying your name, or a phrase to a friend. Is there an echo? Does your voice sound clean? If so, keep it on the list!
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Finding a solid location to shoot will ultimately require a delicate balance- you may find a place that's visually appealing, but a little louder than you'd like. That's okay! Visualizing and having potential shoot information early gets the right gears turning, and will provide videographers with valuable data. Having a list handy will keep your shoot more efficient, and ultimately give you a more professional, impactful shoot.
The Top 3 blog is a series of posts that provide tips for clients working with both videographers and photographers! Do you have questions, or comments? Email us directly by shooting a message to Nick@InfiniteCanvasFilms.com.