Effective Site Surveys for Video and Photo Projects

with Richard Harrington
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Effective Site Surveys for Video and Photo Projects
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When you have a video or photo shoot to do, how do you choose your location? In this course, discover how to carefully select sites and accurately plan for your shoot. Creative pro Rich Harrington teaches the key principles and techniques for finding a location for your next video project, while mitigating risk and reducing costs for a production. Rich introduces topics like logistics, shot blocking, important iPad apps and other measurement tools for surveys, and most importantly, the creative goals of a site survey.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Why do a site survey?
  • Planning camera positions
  • Making lighting decisions
  • Securing permissions
  • Assembling a crew
  • Deciding on your gear
  • Understanding the technical considerations
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(music playing) Hi! My name is Rich Harrington and welcome to this video where we're going to be exploring site surveys and location scouting. I'm going to share with you practical advice, what I do when I go out on location to get ready for a video shoot. Now the techniques we're going to cover will work for both video and photo shoots, and essentially, I'm going to share with you the practical advice. What does it take to find a great location? What do you need to know about that location before you get there? What sort of things should you check for to make sure that the location is going to be suitable for the type of production you're planning? There's a lot to this, and whether you're highly experienced in video and photography shoots or brand new, I think you're going to get some practical advice that will reduce stress and increase profitability.

With that in mind, let's jump in.

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