7 Ways to Make Your Workplace a Great Filming Location

Bringing cameras to your office or manufacturing facility means is like getting ready for a mini invasion.  On the plus side, it’s convenient for those being filmed, and it’s the ideal way to show off your work areas, processes, and team. But it can cause some disruption in the usual workflow. Here’s a checklist to keep things moving as quickly, smoothly and efficiently as possible!

  1. Location Scouting: Ideally, the camera team should visit your premises before the shoot to scout out the best places to set –up and film, in terms of lighting, sound, and potential problem areas. If that isn’t possible, having someone at the company take photos of your facility a few days prior to filming can also help.

  2. Access! Arrange for nearby parking and unloading areas, as your film crews may have several cases of lights and other equipment. Also advise security staff of their presence, especially after hours or on weekends, when they might otherwise be locked in or out by security systems

  3. Get everyone on board: Explain to your staff what is going to happen during filming, when and for approximately how long. The director can assist via email or phone beforehand by addressing frequently asked questions and concerns –like what to wear and what they might be asked to do or say.

  4. Tidy Up! Be sure to clean up clutter, messy desks, and workspaces – we’ve had to edit out shots and even delete complete scenes when clients later found the on-screen disorder gave a bad impression of their company. Also check the walls and shelves for posters, calendars and personal material that you wouldn’t want to be seen on camera, whether for copyright reasons or other taste issues.

  5. A Knowledgeable Guide: Arrange for one person from your organization to be a dedicated guide and facilitator for the film crew the day of filming. Their job will be to accompany them through the facilities, manage employees who might be needed on camera, and open doors for the crew (sometimes literally!)

  6. Off Limits: Advise the crew of any proprietary equipment, processes or areas that should not be filmed before of even during filming. But do know that you will have another chance to remove these problem images during the editing process should any make it on-screen unintentionally.

  7. Camera shy? People who rather not appear, even in the background, should be asked to move to a different area while cameras are rolling. If that isn’t possible, the camera team can choose angles that don’t show the workers or only their backs.

Is your organization ready for a promotional or training video to be filmed on its premises? Contact us for a free quote to get things rolling.