We strongly advise you read our guidance and advice on production planning, style and treatment and considering legalities  before coming to meet with us.

Understanding your brief

During the pre-production meeting we will we discuss your ideas in detail and agree on the style and treatment of your content.  We will also cover the recording process and agree on whether to record in our production faculty, on location or a combination of both and advise on how much time will be needed. 

Planning and scheduling recording

We will work with you to create a recording schedule, which will mainly dictated by your deadline and the availability of resources. For location filming we will need to recce identified areas in advance to advise on suitability.  If any outdoor filming is planned it's also worth having a contingency plan, in case of adverse weather.

Using scripts

If your project mainly consists of 'talking heads' (i.e. people just talking to camera) it’s worth considering creating scripts to read from, or at least using bullet points as a reference, to ensure that the presenters delivery remains succinct and on-topic.  

Where your project involves more complex recording it is normal practice to split your script into columns - one to describe the action, graphics, images and captions, and another to write the narration and/or analogue, music, sound effects and to list interview questions and expected responses. 

If necessary we can provide auto-cue technology, which allows us to upload a digital script, and the presenter to read from the autocue when being recorded.  Where it's not feasible to use a script (e.g. interviews) you can still prepare information (e.g. questions) in advance. 

We will require you to provide any scripts (using our blocked script examplein advance of scheduled filming wherever possible, specifically if you require the use of the autocue.