“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
- T. S. Eliot
The research, planning, and organization that goes into a location shoot is oftentimes just as important as the work we do when we get on location. Call it a delicate balance of light, season, weather, and a good management of budget, equipment, and time. Oh, and then there is that long list of unexpected factors that no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to control. With hundreds of locations shot and some serious mileage on our odometers and stamps in our passports, our methods of production have been refined over the years resulting in very efficient production techniques. Below are samples from the different areas of the world we have shot over the years while shooting for our travel, architectural, and product accounts.
“It ain’t all puppies and rainbows traveling…but there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.”TRAVEL LOG + JOURNAL
area research, scouting & planning
Good intelligence is key to having an efficient plan of attack which is why we put tremendous effort into researching and scouting an area before we even set foot on the ground.
Valuable intel from clients, credible sources of information from the web, maps technology and even weather radar are key tools we use every day to put together a shoot plan.
travel scheduling & logistics
The more meticulous we are in our scheduling and logistics of travel, the better we are able to control the unpredictable factors of a location shoot.
Systematic workflows and detailed documentation are a big part of our pre-productions services that keep us on track, our time prioritized and include contingency plans when factors change.
equipment planning, & transport
Every project comes with its own set of technical requirements therefore every location shoot comes with its own equipment set.
The way we design, inventory, pack, transport, secure and maintain our gear is a very important part of what we do. With budgets tighter and shipping methods more expensive these days, a little extra preparation and strategy can go a long way.
safety, insurance, & permitting
The inherit risks of each project can vary from nominal to extreme so it is our goal to always have a safety first policy for every project.
Releases, umbrella policies, property permitting and specific project insurance policies help make risk aversion a priority on every shoot limiting the liability for all involved and help protect our equipment, crew, the clients and the work we do for our clients.