: Mike Cohen's Blog
: site survey planning travel
Occasionally I get a chance to visit a location before the actual shoot date. In the case of a surgery, this is not really necessary - in fact usually the legwork that goes into getting clearance is best done off-site. It is not uncommon to need to get a TB test or proof of your measles mumps and rubella vaccine from 20+ years ago.
But for locations, such as hospitals in this case, where we will have specific facility requirements, a visit and meet and greet can make a big difference.
What's that you say? Aren't all hospitals the same? Not on your life.
Today's visit was to a fairly new hospital with operating rooms less than 1 week old. Newer usually means bigger rooms, newer equipment and organized layout. Given our usual shot lists, this can have a definite impact on success.
We viewed the different patient care and instrument processing areas, met some of the staff and department managers, and reviewed a tentative schedule including locations, times and personnel required.
I took along a Canon AVCHD camera just to grab a few shots of key areas, to help brainstorm our shot lists as we approach the shoot date.
This site visit followed an annual strategy meeting with one of our clients.
And getting here was half the fun.
Thanks for watching.