An Inside Look at an On-Site Video Shoot!

We get it… The video process can be complex!

It can especially feel complex when you are hosting a video shoot at your business. 

Video shoots don’t have to be daunting. Knowing what our video team will want to see when we arrive could be helpful in easing any stress you might have in planning a video shoot. 


Storage Room:

We like to have a spot to stash our extra equipment, such as tripod bags and lighting cases. This could be in the same room we are filming in (if it’s a large room) or a different room without a lot of foot traffic. Sometimes, we have a lot of equipment with us… and we don’t want to get in the way of you or your employees.



If we’re filming what’s called A-roll (interviews or the main speaker footage of the video), we’d like to do so in a quiet room. Large rooms are great… just make sure there is carpeting or furniture to reduce any echo. Some furniture can also be used to create an inviting background for the shot.  Outdoor shooting is also an option, depending on the weather!

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A behind-the-scenes look at an on-site video shoot for Susquehanna County Interfaith. (Can you spot the videographer?)


Windows in a room are, well, give and take. The illumination through the windows can be rather wonderful if it is cloudy on the day of filming. However, if the weather is partly cloudy outside, the lighting may shift from bright to gloomy, making the editor’s job considerably more difficult.  Window shades are our friend… if we use our own lights we may want to filter out the natural light.

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An on-site video shoot for Javits Juniors


The microphone may be able to pick up on computer fans, HVAC systems, phone ringing, and other similar sounds. (Until we mentioned it, you probably didn’t notice some of the noise in the room you’re in right now.)

We also don’t want to pick up the water cooler co-worker chats… so if possible, you might want to mention to the people nearby the filming location to keep noise to a minimum. If we are filming outside, we want to be away from heavily trafficked roads. In general, we’d like it to be as quiet as possible. This makes it easier to ensure that the interviewee sounds their best!

After that, it’s lights, camera, action! It’s time for the video shoot to commence!


Video shoots can be hectic, and you may find that you don’t understand what the crew is saying to each other, as if they’re speaking a completely different language! Don’t worry; they’re just using video lingo. You can read more about video lingo here.

And, of course, if you have any questions about the preparation for your video shoot, please contact us. You might even start to enjoy seeing how all of the pieces come together to make a well-crafted video while you’re watching us film your video!

For a more in-depth look at how to prepare for a video shoot, watch this video.