Co-production Week 2017

Co-production Week 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Filming: co-production is our usual way of working

By Sybil Ah-Mane, Flexible Films

Flexible Films: embracing co-production at every opportunity 

It's been a rewarding but also at times challenging process to work in a co-productive way when producing films. We have been working with SCIE for a number of years and they have systems in place that help this way of working. Things such as making sure that accessibility is a priority when planning meetings and filming; and ensuring there are a good mix of people with different experiences and skills involved and realistic timelines all help the process. 

Working in a co-productive way during filming is fairly simple

It's about making the person being filmed feel in control - and that's achieved by giving them as much information as needed and also the opportunity to ask questions. Just letting them know that they can stop the filming if needed or that they do not have to answer questions - it makes a huge difference. 

I always ask them at the end if there is anything they'd said they do not want in the edit. I will also let them know that they will be able to view the film before it is finalised.

Working with steering groups on editing decisions requires careful planning

It's important that everyone's views are taken on board so it's key to have someone facilitating this. Film is a subjective medium and not everyone will have the same views, so reaching a group consensus can take time. That's why it's important to do it in stages and to have realistic deadlines. We have found that working in a co-productive way has enhanced the filming process and has produced more meaningful films. It has now become our usual way of working!

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