We like recces. They are a crucial step that sets the foundation for a successful shoot.

In this article, we examine the benefits of studio recce and explore the key elements that should be considered during a typical recce.

Benefits of Studio Recce

Saves Time and Money

One of the most significant benefits of a studio recce is that it saves time and money in the long run. By scouting a location before shooting begins, filmmakers can identify potential issues such as lighting, sound restrictions, or space limitations, and identify solutions early. For instance, if a particular lighting or camera setup is required, the recce team can explore the available resources and make necessary arrangements to avoid delays during the shoot.

Helps Build a Relationship with the Location Manager

Another benefit of studio recce is that it helps build a good relationship with the Studio Manager (In our case that is Jack). A recce team can discuss requirements with the location manager in advance and work collaboratively to find solutions that work for both parties. Additionally, film industry professionals who are courteous and mindful of location requirements are more likely to be welcomed back in the future.

Aids in Choosing the Best Shooting Locations

During a recce, filmmakers can explore the different available locations and choose the best ones to suit their story’s requirements. For instance, if a scene requires a particular architectural style, the recce team can explore different buildings and find one that best suits the story’s needs.

Helps Identify Lighting and Sound Challenges Early

Lighting and sound play a crucial role in the success of any production. A recce team can assess the available resources and plan ahead to avoid any issues that could arise during filming. For instance, filmmakers can identify sound restrictions in advance and plan accordingly, to ensure that the audio quality is not compromised.

What to Look for in a Studio Recce

The Studio Space

When visiting a studio space, the first thing to consider is the size of the space. The studio needs to be big enough to accommodate all the necessary equipment, cast, and crew, without an overwhelming sense of clutter. A spacious studio space also allows for easier camera and lighting setups, minimizing mistakes and improving overall efficiency.

Accessibility and Parking

Filmmaking involves a considerable amount of equipment, making accessibility and parking arrangements crucial to the operation’s success. The studio should be located in an easily accessible area and have ample parking space for the cast, crew, and equipment.

Technical Requirements

Technical considerations such as power requirements, sound restrictions, and lighting should be assessed during a recce. Ensure that the studio can provide adequate power supply to run required equipment without any disruption. Additionally, assess the sound capabilities of the studio and ensure that the sound quality will not be compromised by external noises.

The Surrounding Environment

Finally, evaluating the environment’s surroundings is essential in determining whether it fits the director’s vision. While exploring the area, ensure that the surroundings match the storyboard’s look and feel to continue keeping the audience immersed.


In summary, the studio recce process is an essential part of the pre-production phase of filmmaking. It is a process that saves time, yields better planning, and sets the foundation for shooting success. By choosing the right location and carefully considering the technical, environmental, and logistical aspects of production, a recce team can help ensure that the entire film production process runs seamlessly.

Good News

Our job is to help your production run as smoothly as possible. Since 2009 we have helped over 4,000 productions get the most from their filming day. We know from experience the challenges faced by different productions and usually can help make matters better.

Call us 020 7725 5858 or email: studios@camberwellstudios.co.uk

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Studio 2 – usually green, but here painted white on request Studio 3 – our all white photographic space

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