Your company wants to produce a video, but not just any video, an international video.
At this point, you start to consider; should you hire an international video production partner to shoot your project or send your in-house team to get the needed footage. Of course, there are tons of variables to consider. Still, here we’ll get you comfortable with the international video production process and explain why choosing the right global video production partner can keep you sane and on budget.
- Understanding the video production process will help ensure a better, stress-free, and versatile video.
- The right international video production partner should ask for and evaluate the essential details of your video project to eliminate any missteps from potentially happening.
- By working with local film crews in the country or region you are shooting is an effective way to reduce potential problems because your locally-based video crew will know how to avoid country-specific risks.
The international video production process (as it should be)
Filming abroad can present specific challenges, and if you are a newbie to capturing your brand’s message on an international video shoot, the prospect can be intimidating. Understanding the video production process, like that of the Global Media Desk, will help ensure a drama-free shoot in a foreign country.
Discovery – Phase 1
How do you know it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? It’s how your international video production partner evaluates the essential details of your video project.
The discovery phase is where all the pre-planning of your international video shoot will be examined, including details like the style of the content, the targeted audience, and the platform it will be published to.
Kick Off – Phase 2
Key stakeholders will analyze everything learned in the discovery phase and begin the pre-production stage of your video project. Your lead producer will provide a budget breakdown and select the local talent, gear, and any added technology required to get your shoot rolling.
Storyboarding and shot lists will begin development too.
The goal is to get to the project day phase well-defined so that when filming begins, the crew and other members are up to speed and eliminate any missteps from potentially happening.
Project Day – Phase 3
Now it’s time to get your footage. Once all the pre-production details are completed, your lead producer will work with the local talent to capture the footage and audio required.
Want to direct the shoot remotely? With the rise of web-conferencing technology, connecting you to a live shoot has gotten much more accessible. A reliable international video production partner will have available remote, travel-free production options so you can log in remotely from anywhere and oversee your project from any device.
Final Delivery – Phase 4
After wrapping up the video shoot, the next step would be post-production – where the magic happens. Post-production includes processing footage, cutting, laying b-roll, mixing music, editing, adding graphics, color grading, and multiple video review rounds. Your feedback during this process is crucial for delivering the final, broadcast-ready, and on-brand video(s).
Having checks and balances at each stage of your international video shoot is essential. With the proper partner, communication should be easy and seamless at every stage of your video-making process. Leveraging your video partner’s international experience will help you navigate any unforeseen challenges.
Why an international production partner with a freelance force will help keep you on budget
By working with local film crews in the country or region you are shooting, you kill two birds with one stone.
First, you considerably reduce or eliminate travel expenses and save on shipping large amounts of equipment. This can often incur customs fees, not to mention the hefty extra baggage charges at check-in.
Local crew = local knowledge. Secondly, you will work with people who know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the most effective way to reduce potential problems because your locally-based video crew will know how to avoid country-specific risks.
Global Media Desk has been helping brands, and agencies get better, more cost-effective, and book local crews for international video content since 2000. We do this by tapping into our global network of creative video and photo talent that deliver premium production quality at the drop of a hat.
Please get in touch with us with any questions about shooting in any country around the world.