is a broad general term covering many activities before the
in film, television or video projects. A research or a background
work well done is an essential part of a successful documentary
or fiction film project. A successful background work creates
opportunities for the fluency of the actual production.
the background work of a documentary
film one attempts to familiarize with the subject as well
as possible, so that a preliminary script can be written for
the shooting. Without proper research and scouting it is quite
difficult to realize the shooting of a documentary film within
schedule, and it is easy to drift into expensive extra shootings.
Thus the background work gives a good idea on the actual work
and tasks to be done.
films the background work is emphasized during the phases
of creating and outlining the screenplay. For example, the
historical details, events, places etc must be checked in
order to present a believable idea of the timesi.
the above mentioned facts, each crew member having any artistic
or productional responsibility will have to prepare his or
her own research or scouting before each production phase.
Jääskeläinen: Strategic questions in the Development
of Interactive Television Programs. [www.uiah.fi/julkaisut/jaaskelainen.pdf]