Finding the perfect location for your video project is critical. It sets the tone for your production and connects with your audience. There are two basic options to choose from in selecting a location for your project: a studio or on-location. Which one you choose will depend on which factors will work best for your project.
Shooting in a studio affords you the access to all sorts of equipment in a controlled environment. You have access to cameras, monitors, lights, backdrops, props, sets, and audio equipment in a sound-proof area. Weather and loosing natural light is not an issue. Neither is unintentional or undesirable noise.
There are two major parts to a studio: the studio floor and the control room. The studio floor is where the action takes place – your talent, cameras, lighting, props, floor manager, and sometimes director are there. The control room is the nerve center of the production – it’s where the monitors linked to the cameras on the studio floor are located, sometimes the director, assistant director, and/or producer are here as well. There is also an area dedicated to audio equipment where audio levels are checked and sound is mixed and/or filtered.
The option of on-location shooting provides a different look for your production. However, it has its challenges in that you have less control over environmental factors such as lighting, weather, and noise. Even with natural lighting you will likely still need artificial lighting and light reflectors. Having excellent audio equipment is also essential on an on-location shoot since you will want to make sure that you capture the sounds you wish to while filtering out undesirable ambient noise such as wind. Shooting on-location does not necessarily eliminate the need for props either.
The main thing to consider is what look are you trying to convey for your project.
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