This blog outlines some key aspects that you should consider when doing a site visit for your next event. Choosing the right venue or site for your upcoming event is one of the most crucial steps of any event.
We are involved in event production and mostly liaise with organisers when the site has been confirmed. Most organizers are unaware of the venue constraints until we start looking into the production requirements.
Choosing a venue with a high number of constraints can easily blow out any production budget, we also acknowledge that nobody likes to go over budget!
If you wish to stay within the budget allowance, I outline some basic technical elements that you should consider on your next site visit.
Technical considerations during a site visit –
Without sufficient power, there isn’t a suitable production! The term sufficient is dependent on the scale of your event, smaller events can possibly get by with few 240V circuits, medium to large events will require 3phase power and sometimes multiple 3phase outlets.
It is normal to hire generators for events; however, you can reduce the running costs of an event if a portion of the power (if not all) is provided by the venue/site itself.
Loading area’s and parking
One of the biggest drivers of cost to any production is labour.
If you put on your ‘Bump-In/out’ hat (crew’s POV) for this, you will quickly realise, the easier the access to the event area the less time it is to get the equipment from the truck to the event area. The closer the loading zone to the space, the shorter the distance.
Essentially as an event organiser, you can save big on labour costs when you think like this during the site visit.
Also consider obstacles such as stairs, lifts, no dedicated loading zones, and no car parking.
Production design vs Venue constraints
This is a common challenge in galleries but it is definitely not limited to just galleries. Most AV aspects can be tweaked to suit the site, when we consider projection, there is very little wiggle room. There are set parameters to work within, if the space has not considered the guidelines during the planning stages. It is unlikely that you will achieve the desired outcome.
These parameters are dependent on many variables and are based on your event requirements. If there is an element of projection in your event, general things to consider should be –
- Competing light in the room
- Distance (from the projector to screen)
- Projection size (size of the image)
Off course there are many other things your production company will need to consider once the production requirements have been locked down. However, considering the above during initial planning stages can leave you pretty close to your desired outcome and with some spare pocket change, they will end up being fairly deep pockets too!
I hope this post helps you get better prepared for the next site visit!
If you need further assistance feel free to call RTR Productions! We can provide technical advice, production design, audio production, staging designs, and temporary structures/Rigs services.
Before I end this blog, below are some general things event planners often forget to clarify upfront.
General considerations during a site visit –
- Venue operating times
- Make sure the production company bump-in/out during the allocated times.
- Request for site floor plans
- Forward this to your production company at the very start, helps us quote for things accurately.
- Storage areas
- We need a place to store our road cases.
- Essential tools for your next site visit.
- Get yourself a laser tape. That’s what we used to measure up the very uneven floor at Fed Square, check out this link to see the structure http://www.rtrproductions.com.au/pop-up-structures-for-events you can buy one here quite cheaply