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Dealing with Coronavirus: Why Production Companies Should Switch to Remote Shoots

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Eyeforce Cape Town offers up 5 tips to keep in mind as employees are being advised to stay at home
Dealing with Coronavirus: Why Production Companies Should Switch to Remote Shoots

In a time where travel is a no-go, and companies are advising employees to stay home, more companies are looking to offer live streaming services for video production that allow remote shooting. Here are five tips for remote shooting from Cape Town.


1. Remote Teams
Many countries have travel restrictions in place. One solution for video productions is hiring a remote team.

Eyeforce Cape Town has a in-house team of directors, producers and cameramen who have serviced many A-list brands over the last 10 years.


Shooting on the beach in cape town

2. Live-streaming footage to client

While footage is being recorded, images will be broadcasted live to the client and agency. The creative team can communicate in real-time with the production crew and give input from their workspace at home.

Depending on the remoteness of the area, the costs for live streaming vary between the €1000 and €2000 a day. The signal streams HD in h264 or h265 codec.

The system uses a satellite for streaming when working in remote areas.


Live Streaming functionalities allow creative teams and clients to work from home

3. Keep it small

Sizing down the number of people involved in the video production is essential along with a strict hygiene policy. A ‘lean and mean’ approach is more important than ever before. It asks for:

- Minimising assistants as much as possible

- Minimising equipment and grip needs

- Maximise the use of natural and available light to avoid big light crews;


    Eyeforce working against the backdrop of Table Mountain

    4. Location, location, location

    Cape Town has approximately 5,000 identified film locations close together. This reduces the need for travel. Research indicates that the city can double as 80% of the world. Perfect for replicating different parts of the globe for shoots of all kinds.

    From beaches to mountains, from forests to desert, within a 100km radius may different types of nature can be found. Of course there are also a wide selection of urban locations, ranging from business district vibes to suburban European style architecture.


    5. Editing with shared screens solutions

    Footage can be edited in Cape Town or at the Eyeforce office in Amsterdam.

    Advanced feedback technologies allow very specific and easy workflows when working from a distance. The Vimeo review tool is a great example of that.