Travel and Leisure Programming

Don’t be fooled by the title of this section. It may be “Travel and Leisure Programming” but the project itself requires a lot of hard work, dedication and determination to make it pan out. Sure, it can mean a trip to an exotic locale with stunning scenery, picturesque towns that haven’t changed much in hundreds of years, balmy beaches, and lush tropical foliage.

It can also mean tight schedules, missed meals, making travel arrangements that may be, shall we say, less than first class, and taping the same scene over and over again because those wretched howler monkeys don’t understand that you’re on a deadline, dammit, and you’re not in the mood for their freakish serenade while you’re talking about a rain forest getaway.

Now admittedly, these are really worst-case scenarios. The truth is, while there can be challenges to globetrotting hither and yon to put together travel programming, the payoffs can be big. First and foremost, you’re getting to see places you might only have dreamed of until now. The second is, when you hire a company like Hencar we take care of all the legwork, from scouting out locations and scheduling the shoots to arranging the perfect lighting, makeup, and craft services.

Travel programming is always high interest to viewers, but to get the most out of the breathtaking views you need an experienced production crew

Travel programming is always high interest to viewers, but to get the most out of the breathtaking views you need an experienced production crew

Singapore Sling, anyone? Well, maybe after the shoot. But a tall cool glass of guava nectar should hit the spot before you glide out in your gauzy sundress to record a standup in front of the breathtaking waterfalls. We’ll even make sure that you’ve pinned the plumeria blossoms on the correct side of your head so that any tourists who are trying to catch a glimpse of the scene (“She must be famous! There are cameras and lights!”) will know whether you’re single or taken.

Of course if we’re shooting this in an Icelandic fjord in December rather than Hawaii in June, the whole scene will be horribly inappropriate. (“She must be crazy! A sundress in December!”) That’s why we’ll take special care with the storyboarding and concept development well ahead of the plane trip.

Travel programming can often present special challenges. For example, how do you get high-end video gear safely to your location when you have three connecting flights, including one in Vanuatu? Will you need special permits or other documents to shoot at some of the locations you have in mind? Many historic buildings have limitations on shooting video indoors. Even using the “flash” setting on cameras is forbidden in some locations that have artwork, textiles, or other furnishings that could be damaged by the light. Arrangements have to be made well in advance to ensure your production schedule moves along without a hitch. Hencar will take care of all the research ahead of time so there are no setbacks once you’re on the ground at your location.

Getting the equipment you need to an exotic locale can be challenging. Hencar takes care of all the logistics

Getting the equipment you need to an exotic locale can be challenging. Hencar takes care of all the logistics

Whether you just have a general idea of what you want and need us to do the legwork to find out-of-the-way places that will make your video stand out, or whether you have the entire show planned out in your mind down to the time of day we shoot the closing, Hencar will meet your expectations. By the end of the shoot you’ll be giving us a great big “Mahalo!”

Unless, of course, we’re in that Icelandic fjord. We’ll just shout “Uff-da!” and call it a wrap.

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