On Location: Main Requirements

The key to successful location shooting is thorough planning, good discipline and the right equipment. The environment is usually not under control. The light, weather and extraneous noises from traffic etc. can play havoc with schedules and add considerably to technical difficulties. Non-broadcasters are more likely to use video rather than film on the grounds of ease of use and cost-effectiveness. Film still finds a place in prestigious productions and for certain special applications.

A location shoot carried out with the minimum of equipment to maximise portability is known as ENG (Electronic News Gathering). When more peripherals such as a monitor, remote control of exposure and colour balance of the camera, ...

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