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 project. 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 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.
Your technical needs have an impact on our approach. 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 our technical and staffing approach. 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.