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On an incredibly windy day in Southampton, we went onboard the Saga Sapphire for a pre-production location visit on board.

Location visits are essential in video productions where there is the scope for any number of unknown variables.

Diligent preparation lets you make the best plans, identify the best shots and maximise time on the day for filming.

By contrast it is infinitely cheaper for the Producer or Location Scout to spend time undertaking this work than carrying it on the day with the whole film crew waiting for guidance.

As one of the secrets for a visually engaging video is to have a wide variety of well composed shots, pre-production visits are key to maximising filming time.