Challenges with On-Location Videography

Ok, so I’m a sucker for the TV shows Survivorman and Man vs Wild, as you may have noticed from some previous blogs. Mostly because I’m jealous of the amount of time they spend in the outdoors and the amazing scenery they immerse themselves into. The surviving and insect eating is more of a fascination, not so much something I would like to experience myself. I’m also always intrigued as to how they setup and shoot the footage and what the camera man needs to plan for and execute. Not only do they have to get a great shot, they need to make sure the audio is clear, the lens is clean, the equipment is “safe” and of course, watch their own butt! In the case of Survivorman, he does it all.

Although the videographers  at DDA aren’t necessarily sliding down scree slopes in the Scottish Highlands or trekking through the deserts of the Sahara (on work time anyway), when we’re heading out on-location, good planning is essential as there are a number of factors one needs to consider. To name a few, factors include available lighting conditions, good audio frequencies to use for wireless mics, amount of space for maneuvering the equipment, and power access. With each individual shoot comes its own challenges, be it a live medical webcast, architectural or product video, medical procedure video, manufacturing process video, testimonial or interview video. Luckily, we don’t have to worry too much about crocs that may be in a river thats traverse is essential to our survival.