Step 1: Understanding
the project

The first step towards successful documentation is a thorough understanding of the project. To help us understand your needs, please provide an initial outline of your requirements.

Step 2: Transfer of existing information about the artwork

We will contact you to discuss your project in detail, and ask you for any information you can provide on the history, intent, meaning and other important characteristics of the artwork or performance. This includes the planned schedule and workflow of an installation process or the timeline and choreography of a performance. Please provide us with any existing footage or audio material that you wish to be incorporated into the video documentation.

Step 3: Concept and layout of the video documentation

Based on your specified needs and the transfer of information material, the video documentation is planned in detail. Prior to the video shoot, both parties must be in agreement over the structure of the content, the duration, the addition of information material in post production and the output formats.

Step 4: Shooting the video documentation

Following the confirmed concept, the video is shot on-site. The client is responsible for providing the desired conditions for the video shoot, e.g. the proper illumination on museum’s closing day, extras who mimic visitor interaction or power supply for additional lights and camera equipment. In the case of performances or interviews, the artist must give consent to the recording. For performances or other time-based activities, we might recommend to employ more than one camera.

Step 5: Editing the video documentation

The generated video footage and/or your existent audio, video or still image content are edited. If you wish to include texts, e.g. the names and titles of interviewees, explanatory texts that describe certain activities, or the brands and serial numbers of installation equipment, please forward to us the exact wording. If opening credits should align with the corporate identity of your institution, please provide the logo or other design standards.

Step 6: Outputting the video documentation

Before we output the video, a final viewing and confirmation by the client is requested. We then output the video to your desired access and/or archival formats that can be tape, disk or file based. Approved archival formats are 10 bit uncompressed .mov files or Digital Betacam tapes. A broader range of compressed access formats can be produced, including DVD, MPEG2 or MPEG4.