Remote Filming During The Covid Crisis

For the first time in human history, we are all in a crisis together.

Those of us in the film and advertising industries who work with international productions are in a tough place because of the travel restrictions that might continue for many more months to come.

There are, however, some great stories to be told out there, and we know that some of our corporate clients or tv networks will soon need us to resume work and will begin commissioning films as soon as businesses resume work partially. Corporates might want to capture the stories of how they dealt with the crisis or how their products or services helped people during the lockdown. Or they might just want that important interview which cannot just wait. There might be documentary films which need to be shot to meet broadcast schedules.

While content will always be needed, international travel restrictions might not end so soon, and even if they did end, health and safety concerns / policies of your company might not allow you to travel with crew and equipment to countries like India.

That’s where we at Backpack Films can help. We can shoot your corporate film, branded content film, short-form documentary or perhaps just some plain vanilla interviews. We can also help you with research and prepping your future documentary or tv shows. A bit of prep and research done in advance is always good. Our networks of fixers and researchers across the country can help you finding you characters and stories or do a bit of leg work to set up the shoot in the coming months.

How can we help you?

Let’s connect over email, phone call or a WhatsApp video call or a Skype/Zoom video chat. It is okay if you are dressed in your pajamas - who isn’t these days!

We can then go over the production details and budgets over email.

Backpack Films can organise a shoot in most of the cities in India for you and perhaps some of the smaller cities and towns as well - once the lockdown eases and rates of transmission reduces, of course.

How will we go about it:

Preproduction: For corporate films, we would be coordinating with client’s organisation for the shoot and finalising locations, interview matter and security concerns in advance. Our team will be geared with protective masks, gloves and sanitisers and will be briefed to follow proper safety protocols on the shoot. If it is not possible to film this at the client’s office, small studio spaces can be hired in most locations.

Equipment: Interviews with one or multiple cameras with HD 4K camera, sound and pro-lighting package. Our trusted camera vendors are willing to make an exception and do dry rentals for us to avoid sending extra crew with the camera gear. We also own a basic interview lighting package which our DP and in-house team can manage without having to hire lights from outside vendors.

Local Crew : We have a great team of freelance directors, fixer/producers, DoPs, sound recordists and equipment vendors in most major Indian cities.

We will try and make sure that the crew is local or from the nearest possible location to avoid long distance travel. Having worked extensively with international crews, we tend to customise crew sizes depending entirely on our clients’ needs so we can have small to mid-sized crews organised easily. India has just started domestic flight operations and in case of a remote location where local crew might not be possible, we can always fly crew from the nearest possible location.

Live Feedback: A director/producer from your end can supervise or sign-off the creatives, camera placements and lighting plan once the crew is on location via video conference call or using the application of your choice. We can offer live streaming for single or multi-camera setups so that you can monitor the shoot long-distance.

Delivery: The footage can be delivered to you by sending the HD via courier or uploading it on Google Drive or any other server via high-speed connections.

Till things start getting back to normal and we can resume full-scale productions, let’s try and keep making films and telling our stories.

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