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  • Writer's pictureAmrik Ratwatte


Updated: Feb 13

What goes into planning a production? The short answer, A LOT!

Now I can tell you about storyboarding and preplanning every shot, gear, and building sets, putting the right team together, etc but you already know those are key components of any production.

Be it those quick “turn it around in 2 days” productions or the productions that take more time to plan than to execute, the last 4-5 years as a media production company in Sri Lanka have taught us a lot.

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Here are a few simple tips that we've picked up along the way.

Locations - Private vs Public

More often than not the client will take control of this one and that's fine but here are a few things to keep in mind for both options.

Private Locations

Be it in a studio, a set that you have built, or a property that you have rented for production; private locations will give you the freedom to shoot with very few distractions, control your shooting times and also customize the location to match your theme (with the property owners approval of course) A couple of things to note with private locations though is that you will have limited space and they tend to be on the more expensive side.

Public Locations

Public locations are often more budget-friendly and therefore will let you have the chance to pick multiple locations.

You should keep in mind though that the approval process for public locations can be daunting if you’re not too familiar with it. You also will draw a bit of a crowd wherever you go with public locations which can be a little distracting to your workflow.

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Model Releases and Participant Permissions

Now, this seems to be a bit of a grey area at least in terms of a specific law that applies.

From our experience, it’s best to put together a one-page document that lists out the purpose the images or video are being captured and used for and have all models and participants sign acknowledging their approval of the usage.

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Shoot Day Schedule - Expect Delays

Shoot day schedules are part and parcel of keeping things running smoothly on set.

Something you need to keep in mind though is that sometimes things slip up and there will be delays. A little trick we use is to allocate a few extra minutes to each shooting block. This way even if things don’t go according to plan you will have a little breathing room and your team won’t be stressed out on set.

Predetermined Breaks

The last thing you want onset is an overworked team. Depending on your shooting time you will have the obvious breaks for meals and to set up new scenes etc.

You should also consider adding a few more pre-planned breaks every two hours or so just so your teams aren’t overworked.

A rested team is a productive team!

This is by no means a complete list, drop us a message if you want to learn more

Feel free to reach out to us, to see how we can help you with your photography in Sri Lanka and videography-related content requirements. Clear Sri Lanka a well-known Video Production house provides Documentary Production Services like Documentary film Sri Lanka.


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