Visible Production Crew/Equipment
"Visible Production Crew/Equipment" is the on-set technical personnel or equipment associated with a film/ television shoot being visible in the finished program.
Visible production crew/ equipment impacts the Content Quality of the asset. Customer experience is negatively impacted by distracting elements on screen, which remove the suspension of disbelief.
|Crew or equipment visible in documentary-style interviews or footage from film/ photography shoots with contextual cues that it is an inherent or creative choice.|
Crew, camera, lights, stands/ flags, boom mics, cue markers/ tape, cables or any other element from the active production shoot is visible in shot or in a reflection. Also, any shadows, which might potentially be from stray crew/ equipment are visible in shot. No contextual cues that would reasonably attribute the presence of these elements to creative intent.
How to Prevent:
Cue markers should be as small and inconspicuous as possible. Avoid neon or high contrast colored markers.
Apply “dulling” spray on reflective surfaces to minimize crew/ equipment reflections.
Shoot and finish DI at higher than the intended final resolution to allow for greater freedom of repositioning/ scaling.
Review each shot in on-set monitors for common problem elements/ locations - reflective surfaces, floors where there might be tape/ cables/ dolly tracks and edges of frame during pans/ tilts/ dolly shots, which might reveal boom mics/ production flags/ set elements.
Repositioning/ scaling may be able to size out the crew/ equipment if it exists along the edge of frame.
For reflections or crew/ equipment visible further in frame, a VFX fix may be required to paint out the element.