Tools for Remote Production Design


To accompany our current Forum question - "What are the challenges of remote production design and how do you overcome them?" - we collected ideas and tips from fellow production designers who are working under Covid-19 restrictions and trying our tools for the new environment.


SHARED SCREEN ANNOTATION

Working in a socially-distant environment means more virtual meetings on applications such as Zoom, Skype and Slack. Most of these services allow a participant to share their computer screen during a meeting, meaning all other participants can view one person's screen.


Though virtual meetings can be frustrating, the advantage for designers is the ability to draw on a shared screen in real time.


This is extremely helpful when discussing set drawings, for example, as the team can point to specific details by drawing on top of a floorplan, elevation etc.


Most apps allow the use of arrows, lines, pen, highlighter and eraser. Designers who are looking for greater dexterity can connect to the meeting with their tablets or digital drawing boards, and use a stylus to draw directly onto a shared document or whiteboard. This can result in a visual brainstorming session very similar to an in-person meeting conducted with pen and paper.


Using annotation tools on a shared screen or whiteboard on zoom

Use screen sharing to solve problems collaboratively on slack

Use iOS or Android device as drawing tablet in Zoom



COLLABORATIVE BOARDS


The acceleration in virtual communication has brought with it improved platforms for visual communication and project management. Nowadays, designers and their departments can develop ideas and mood boards online, in real time and from varied devices.


Some apps, such as Miro and Mural, are virtual whiteboards that let team members add pictures, mockups, drawings, videos, sticky notes, documents and annotations on an endless canvas.


Other services, such as Studiobinder and Productionpro, are specifically geared towards the film industry and present virtual boards that include space for characters, locations, costumes, props, etc.



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360 and 3D CAMERAS

​​A 360 camera, or an omnidirectional camera, can shoot both photos and videos with a field of view that covers approximately the entire sphere in the horizontal plane.


3D photography tools use photogrammetry to map a location as they go through it, measuring distances and generating extra information such as floor plans and room dimensions.



These days, as access to locations is restricted and design work has to be done remotely, virtual location tours can be a helpful substitute. The uses can vary greatly: in its simpler form a 360 consumer camera can record panoramas, or shoot a video of a designer walking through the location making notes. On a more complex level, 3D camera companies now have subscriber-based icloud services that take your recorded information and translate it into virtual tours, plans and dimensions.


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VIRTUAL MEASURING TOOLS

With COVID-19 guidelines pushing us to work remotely, surveying tools that allow designers to measure efficiently on their own are more useful than eve