Advice and guidelines

We hope the information and video below will help you understand what's involved when commissioning a media production project.

Careful planning and visualisation is key to a successful project

The more you time you spend planning your video and thinking about what you want it to achieve before any filming takes place, the slicker the production process will be which will result in a better end product. 

Committing to undertake a media production project will likely end up being more time consuming than think 

Whilst we will assume technical and creative responsibility in delivering your finished product we will also require significant input and time from you throughout all stages of the production process including:-

  1. Discussing your ideas with us, identifying the required outputs and impact of your finished product and agreeing realistic timescales for your project
  2. Scheduling required resources (e.g. academic colleagues and location availability/suitability) and being present during filming to ensure we capture exactly what you need
  3. Collaborating with us during the editing and post production process at appropriate times to ensure the assembled product meets your requirements and the subject matter is represented accurately 

This short video, featuring users of our service, will help you understand what needs to be considered before even thinking about undertaking a media production project.

Our Media Production Request form can be found here.

Considering the questions below and making some notes in advance can also be really useful when discussing projects with us:- 

 1    What do you want to achieve with the video?
  Having an idea of preferred style and structure is really useful in allowing us to know what’s needed in terms of filming and allows us to give input on what we feel will and won’t work from experience.  You could even go as far as producing a rough script or story-board to work from!  Providing examples of similar work (in terms of look and fell) will help to understand this
 2 Who is your audience?
   Thinking about your audience and what level of education viewers are expected to have will determine how the video should it be pitched.  Considering how the finished video will be delivered (e.g. DVD/web page) can affect its range and reach
 3 How long does the video need to be? 
   Statistics suggest that the first 15 seconds are crucial to grab the views attention and generally anything longer than 5 minutes will show a drop in interest level
 4 What are your timescales?
   Your timescales will determine what we are able to provide in terms of complexity.  The less time we have to create the video, the more simplistic the end product will be.  Think about any critical dates where you need things to be filmed and what your ultimate deadline for completion
 5  What key resources need to be considered?
   Some projects lend themselves to being filmed in our studio, others benefit from ‘location' recording.  Consider location availability/permissions/risk assessments and access to other contributors/presenters
 6 What about third party resources?  
  You may need access to images, graphics, music etc. to enhance your program which could take time and money to source. Music that is subject to copyright generally costs a lot of money to use and is very time consuming to get the ‘rights’ to use; it will also incur royalty payments therefore we wouldn’t usually recommend this route.  See here for more information
 7 Will you be the main point of contact throughout the project?
   If not, who will be and are they aware of the levels of commitment required?  Who will ultimately ‘sign off’ the video?

Further useful information on video production planning and pedagogy can be found in the JISC Digital Media archives

Once your request has been considered and commissioned we move into the pre-production process