When we’re on-location shooting a video, there’s a lot that has to happen before we can actually start shooting. But what has to happen and how do we spend our time on your video shoot? That’s the question for this episode of Video Answers.

Imagine that we’re on-location, shooting interviews for your video. While we would love to spend the entire day filming, generally it’s not possible. Why? There’s a lot of other things that have to happen before you hear me shout, “Action”!
Here’s an example from a recent out-of-town shoot for a healthcare client. This will give you an idea of how we spend our time on a typical video shoot.

A Typical Shoot Schedule

  1. Load up – 20 minutes
  2. Travel – 15 – 30 minutes
  3. Unload – 20 minutes
  4. Move – 15 – 30 minutes
  5. Set up – 45 mins – 2 hours
  6. Shoot – 30 minutes – 1 hour per person
  7. Reset – 45 minutes
  8. Shoot – 30 minutes – 1 hour per person
  9. Pack up – the equipment – 30 mins
  10. Move – 15 – 30 minutes
  11. Load up – 20 minutes
  12. Travel to lunch
  13. Lunch – 45 – 60 minutes
  14. Travel – 15 – 30 minutes
  15. Repeat

While every project is different, this is a good idea of what it takes and a reminder that there’s a lot of physical preparation that has to happen before we can actually begin videotaping.

Next Time

I want to give you some ideas on how you can maximize your time to capture more footage in a day. That’s on the next episode of Video Answers.


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