Filming on a mine site is vastly different from filming in the city. Everything is much more isolated; you need to think on your feet and solve problems as they come up. Western Australia is known for having a strong presence in mining, oil and gas, and there are many sites scattered throughout the state. I have put together a few points on hiring a videographer to film a mine site project. These points will help you search for a videographer with adequate experience and help ensure your project runs smoothly. 1. Do they have their White Card? Although not essential, having a White Card (general construction induction card) shows that the videographer understands general safety on-site, including correct PPE requirements required for the job. 2. Do they think like a project manager? Filming out on a mine is very different from filming on location in the city. One must solve problems, communicate clearly with those involved in the project and be flexible enough to make last-minute changes and arrangements. Having good organisational skills also applies while planning the project and ensuring all details are taken care of, including inductions. 3. Have they had previous underground filming experience? Depending on whether the mine site is open-cut or underground, having previous experience filming in an underground mine goes a long way in hiring a videographer for a mining project. Having this kind of experience will ensure that the videographer understands what is involved on a mine site and will help the project run smoothly. 4. Do they have a drone and a CASA licence? A videographer with a commercial drone license (RePL or ReOC) is another bonus when looking for a suitable videographer. As the scale of a mine site is very large, it is beneficial to the overall project to capture aerial footage to give the video a better context. Not only will the footage look great, but it will also help to tell the story better when editing the video. 5. Do they have a solid understanding of storytelling and brand messaging? Many videographers know how to operate a camera and drone, but it is rarer these days to find one that understands story and post-production. Understanding storytelling is vital to help create a video that hits the key messaging and naturally sells the product. The best way is to use a combination of on-site interviews, using the correct questions, and then edit the video to create a natural flow and progression of the story. If you are interested in hiring a videographer for your mine site project, please contact me to discuss further. To view a recent example of an underground mine site video for a new drill machine I filmed and edited click here.
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