Services – Image Approvals

Services

As part of managing your actor approvals, here are some of the other services we include or can provide as optional extras if you are looking for a full photo lab approach to managing your stills:

  • Auditing your stills
  • Episoding
  • Curating
  • Captioning
  • Express Approvals Service

Auditing

Sometimes you may have multiple photographers covering your production stills, each with their own way of delivering their images, leaving you with multiple hard drives and/or download links to sort out. Or, you may have a single photographer who has an inconsistent or disorganised way of delivering their files to you making it difficult for you to know if you have everything and where to begin when it comes to marking your selects or starting the approvals process. Both of these are a recipe for lost or missing images, not to mention hours of stress!

Our auditing process is the first step in our handling of your images and is included as standard if your unit stills are supplied to us in the format requested.

We will take your photos, consolidate them into one easy-to-navigate folder structure, verify that all RAW images are accounted for and generate both high and low res JPGS so that you have a complete set of images.

We will also rename files where necessary so that you can easily identify when stills were taken and by whom, and have them display in chronological or episode order when they are all stored together in one folder. Our non-destructive approach to renaming files means you’ll always know which images are being referenced, even if they have changed names from their original delivery to us.

Episoding

Got lots of days of photography and thousands of images to sort into episodes? We can take care of it for you with our optional “Episoding” service! We can organise all of your production stills across both RAW and JPG formats into episodes so you can more easily make your selects and know how many images per episode you are delivering to your distributors.

Save money on this process by getting your stills photographer to follow our delivery guidelines.

Curating

Photographers want to make sure they cover everything but you don’t always need every image they submit. Having hundreds if not thousands of images per shoot day is a lot for you to manage – especially if they include RAW files – and neither you nor the cast and their reps need or want to go through all of them.

Here’s where we come in with our optional curation service. Simply set the level of curation you would like us to do and we will provide a first pass over your stills so that you only see the images you need to.

Choose from our curating levels below:

Soft

  • Removal of identical duplicates
  • Removal of accidental images (because you don’t need shots of the photographer’s foot).
  • Removal of technically poor shots (eg images that are far too overexposed to be salvagable).
  • Removal of any obviously unflattering shots (eg false expressions, blinking etc).

Medium

  • Removal of the above plus…
  • Reduction of variations when there are more than required (eg reducing 50 shots of a character walking to camera down to the best 10).
  • Removal of weaker compositions when stronger options are available.

Hard

  • Essentially rather than removing duds, for a hard curation, we will make selects by…
  • Choosing the best images from each scene.
  • Choosing the best BTS images.
  • Working to a specific number of images that you want to be left with.

Adding curation can also help keep costs down as it will ensure your photos stay within our limit for each shoot day.

As with our Episoding service, we will curate both your RAW and JPG images so that you have a complete set of images and don’t need to manually cross-reference your RAW files. Images that are curated out from the selection that go to cast for approval are never deleted so if you feel like you need more options, you can always access them.

Captioning

We also provide an optional captioning service. Simply send us the call sheets for each day’s photography coverage and we will take the scene synopsis and use this information to supply a caption sheet alongside your approved images so that distributors have everything they need in one place.

Express Service

Got a tight deadline? Subject to availability we can offer an express service that can see your approvals online within 48 hours ready for the cast to approve. Once they have completed their approvals, we can then organise your images into KilledApproved and Approved Selects folders and have them returned back to you within 24 hours.