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Taking the time to consider the following items will determines how smoothly production will run.

story6.jpgThings to Consider
  • Location – the amount of time travelling to the region. Also, it can take very long just to get from shot to shot IN the region.
  • Accessibility
  • Weather/season – filming is dependant on lighting so the amount of sunshine can determine how much time you will have to film in one day.
  • Permission of residents
  • Cultural days – e.g. When shooting in Banda Aceh we were unable to film on Friday due to a religious holiday.
  • Staged cultural dance or music performance must be arranged in advance.
  • Appropriate clothing regarding weather and cultural norms
  • Which language is going to be used for interviews and to communicate with the villagers or community members – the facilitator must be able to relay the message
  • Safety – e.g. having life jackets available if travelling somewhere by boat
  • Necessary footwear e.g. rubber boots for wading in water
  • Political conflict in the region – will it be safe for the film crew to enter?
  • Internal transportation – must be available 24 hrs a day
  • Health – vaccinations, insect repellent, sanitation in the country
  • VISA arrangements – sometimes letters must be issued for entrance into the country
  • People being interviewed must be primed months in advance. Let them know they have to be available throughout the day of the shoot and how long the interview might take.
A short video (1-3 minutes) can take from 1-3 days to film depending on location and weather. Shooting must be planned for the most effective use of time and lighting in the day. Continuous contact between film crew, technical expert, facilitator and grounds people is necessary to discuss planning and new developments.
Taking the time to consider the following items will determines how smoothly production will run.

Things to Consider
  • Location – the amount of time travelling to the region. Also, it can take very long just to get from shot to shot IN the region.
  • Accessibility
  • Weather/season – filming is dependant on lighting so the amount of sunshine can determine how much time you will have to film in one day.
  • Permission of residents
  • Cultural days – e.g. When shooting in Banda Aceh we were unable to film on Friday due to a religious holiday.
  • Staged cultural dance or music performance must be arranged in advance.
  • Appropriate clothing regarding weather and cultural norms
  • Which language is going to be used for interviews and to communicate with the villagers or community members – the facilitator must be able to relay the message
  • Safety – e.g. having life jackets available if travelling somewhere by boat
  • Necessary footwear e.g. rubber boots for wading in water
  • Political conflict in the region – will it be safe for the film crew to enter?
  • Internal transportation – must be available 24 hrs a day
  • Health – vaccinations, insect repellent, sanitation in the country
  • VISA arrangements – sometimes letters must be issued for entrance into the country
  • People being interviewed must be primed months in advance. Let them know they have to be available throughout the day of the shoot and how long the interview might take.

A short video (1-3 minutes) can take from 1-3 days to film depending on location and weather. Shooting must be planned for the most effective use of time and lighting in the day. Continuous contact between video crew, technical expert, facilitator and grounds people is necessary to discuss planning and new developments.

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