Since the end of lockdown, I’ve been back out filming and photographing on location for a variety of businesses across the UK. After several months spent editing archive and stock footage for clients, it’s great to get back out and create new work.
Although many aspects of work on location have changed, I’ve always been used to following strict health and safety protocols from working in factories and restricted venues, so adding an additional layer of risk assesment onsite hasn’t been as challenging as I’d initially feared. This document on TV production guidance best practise has been immensely helpful, and offers clear guidance on measures which should be taken to reduce risk whilst creating work onsite. I have studied it closely and adopted the recommended procedures for risk management when filming and photographing on location.
One conclusion to draw from this document is the importance of reducing personnel numbers on location. As a photographer/filmmaker, I’m used to creating stills and video content on the same shoot, as well as carrying out all the pre-production, conducting interviews, and editing. It’s challenging, and requires more pre-planning and a clear input from the client beforehand, but for smaller productions, being able to capture all the content you need without having a producer, sound recordist, and stills photographer in the room definitely simplifies things.
If you’d like to see examples of stills & video work I’ve created on the same shoot, please get in touch:
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