Determining Our Live Production Approach

Jun 28, 2016

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Putting together a live production is like putting together a puzzle.  You need to find the right pieces and make them fit.  We treat every project with a custom approach, because no two projects are alike.  Finding the best solution can be a challenge, but there are a number of factors that we look at to when determining our live production approach.


As we’ve discussed on the blog before, it’s important for us to know your production budget.  Your total budget is the largest driving factor in determining our approach to your live production.  Certain elements – specifically technical gear – can quickly be eliminated based on what you have to spend.  There are also creative ways to staff productions based on budget limitations.  And if you have a generous budget, we’ll find a way to maximize every dollar and make sure you’re getting the most value out of your dollar.


The venue for your live production can often have an impact on how we approach a live production project.  Sometimes there are limitations on where we can setup gear, what sort of internet connectivity is available, or whether or not parking is available (to name a few).  Additionally, some venues have union labor requirements which can have a material impact on the production costs.  These will all have an impact on our approach as we need to find a way to deal with these limitations.

Technical Requirements

Your technical needs have an impact on our approach to your live production.  What do you need?  What do you wish you could have?  And what are the things you could sacrifice?  These are the questions we constantly ask ourselves when building out a budget or proposal.  Obviously there are always certain technical requirements that we need to adhere to, but if you’re working with limited funds, the difference between a 7-camera shoot and a 6-camera shoot can make a difference on the budget.


By location, I don’t mean venue – I mean the geographical location of your event.  Location can impact both the technical and labor approach for your live production.  For example, certain locations in New York City are not friendly to satellite trucks due to buildings obstructing a view of the sky.  In this instance, we have to look at different ways to get a signal out, all of which impact how we build-out our project.  Location can also have an impact on labor.  If we’re doing a remote production in a small market city, we may have to bring crew in from out of down.  This will drive up costs due to increased travel costs.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

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    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

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    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

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