Filming Terminology for Property Owners

March 26, 2021 | What we do

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When you first start dealing with production crews, you’ll notice that they use terms that may not pop up outside their ‘film world’ bubble. We’ve compiled a small list to help break down the coded language, and to help you make sense of what they mean.

Prep / Shoot / Strike

These are the words that we use to describe the production’s time on site. The Prep period is when they build the sets – an intricate and time-consuming process, as everything you see on screen has been carefully curated and put together to get a message across to the viewer. The prep period can take one day or even months, depending on the size of the set and the intricacy required by the production and art department.

The shoot period is the actual filming days – these will see a rapid increase in the number of crew and vehicles on site, and they will also be much longer days due to the amount of time it takes to put a script on the screen. Generally running for up to 14 hours, a shoot day will seem very exciting at first, and very quickly become quite mundane as you realise how many times they have to repeat the same lines over and over!

The strike period is the time taken to put the location back to how it was before. They reinstate the paintwork, remove the props, fill holes, recover floors – and in some instances, will make the site much nicer and more put together than it was before they even started!

As you can see, planning a shoot can be very time consuming, which is why we take care of all recces and planning on behalf of our property partners’ locations.