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Research and Recce's

Adding Value to Your Production At Every Turn

A recce is a scouting expedition to find suitable locations for filming. It is a site survey to assess the feasibility of a location and identify any potential issues that could arise during production.

The recce typically involves multiple trips to different locations and takes place before any filming is done. During the recce, the crew takes photographs, videos, and notes about the location. After the recce, the crew will determine if the location is suitable for filming, or if they need to find another location or adjust the script to accommodate the limitations of the chosen site.

Without a recce, you run the risk of encountering unpleasant surprises on the day of the shoot, like discovering that the building you wanted to use as a backdrop is undergoing construction. A recce provides an opportunity to scout locations in advance and ensure that you know exactly what you’re working with. Additionally, the recce process allows the crew to get a feel for the place and develop creative ideas to use in the production. 

What should you take note of during a location recce?

There are multiple things that should be looked into while conducting a recce, including location, safety, sound, weather, time of day, light, and permits.


The initial consideration should be given to the accessibility of the location. Factors such as parking and the area’s general safety should be considered. A risk assessment must be performed to avoid dangers such as sharp drop-offs or fire hazards. The size of the location must also be evaluated to ensure adequate space for all equipment and crew, including any toilet or kitchen facilities.


You should also take note of the sound in the area where you’ll be filming. Background noise can be a problem when recording, so finding a relatively quiet spot is essential. 

If you’re shooting indoors, test the acoustics in advance. Noisy air conditioners or machinery will make capturing clean audio very difficult. 

Choosing a quiet location will make the sound mixers’ jobs so much easier in post-production.

Also, find out if there are any restrictions on how much noise you can make. Are residents or offices nearby that could potentially complain about the noise of the production?

Time of Day: 

The time of day is a crucial factor in location scouting. The sun’s angle will change throughout the day, so it is important to know where the sun will be positioned relative to any building or structures before the shoot. The level of foot traffic in an area can also differ greatly, making it advisable to avoid peak hours in busy locations.


As stated above, the light can change drastically throughout the day. It is important to take this into account when planning shots. There must be adequate natural light coming in to capture your subjects cleanly. It might necessary to bring artificial lighting in some cases. The camera operator should know the lighting situation before the shoot.


It is important to note any restrictions or permits required for filming at the location. This can include city permits, parking permits and access from property owners.

Who should be involved in the location recce process?

Ideally, it should be someone with a good eye for detail and a knowledge of film production. The person given the role is usually the location manager. They should have a keen eye for detail, an understanding of film production, and knowledge of the local area. As it is such an important job there are often a few location scouts sent out to see the location.

The decision of who to send on a recce is up to the production team, but it is essential that the chosen individual has the necessary skills to successfully scout the location. Whoever conducts the recce should report all the information to the production manager.

How to ensure your location recce is successful

To guarantee the success of a location recce, it is important to have a clear understanding of the film’s goals and vision. A detailed shot list must also be created to focus the recce and avoid missing crucial information. Take your time during the process, thoroughly evaluating the location and its unique features. Photos and notes of potential hazards should also be taken.


In conclusion, the location recce is an integral aspect of the film production process. Proper scouting and planning can guarantee a high-quality final video. 

If you are looking to create a video for your business, our team has decades of experience in Film Production and would be happy to assist you with your recce needs. 

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