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10 things to know about location workflows

The dpp´s 10 things to know about - location workflows.

The dpp´s 10 things to know about - location workflows

Introduction

It’s hard to believe, but location working in the television industry has been file-based for over a decade. It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were still labelling tapes and couriering them back from shoots. But the fact is, working with file-based rushes on location became standard practice long ago. Plenty of people in the industry have never known anything different.

You’d expect an activity that has been going on for over ten years to feel pretty mature by now. Yet of all the subjects that DPP members cite as problematic, location workflows is most consistently top of the list. Why?

The first reason is because the move to file has enabled an increase in pace. Working on location has become more intense than ever. In the past, physical media such as film and videotape put a natural brake on the speed of production. Everyone would have to wait for the rushes to be couriered or carried back to the production office or post production facility, then be digitised, and then transferred to another medium such as DVD or VHS before they could be viewed. Today rushes can be clipped up on a laptop on location and sent straight over the Internet. The speed of turnaround has been turbo-charged.

The second reason is technological complexity. There are still no standardised ways to handle file-based rushes; connectivity is rarely straightforward; and formats are continuously evolving.

And the third reason location workflows have remained challenging is that while speed may have increased, and technology remained complex, the reality of being on location has remained the same. Off-site working is inherently pressurised, logistically complex and expensive. No two locations are the same, and the unexpected seems always to occur. Sometimes it can feel as if the world has only one purpose: to stop you getting your film made.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that ten years have brought lots of experience from which everyone can gain. And that’s the purpose of this guide.

The DPP brought together a range of production companies and post production facilities to discover what best practice looks like in location workflows. What are the roles, activities and technologies that give everyone the best chance of managing the pressures of location working successfully?

10 Things You Need To Know About Location Workflows provides the answers.

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