Conduct a recce from an electrical viewpoint

Business Sectors (Suites): Lighting for Film and TV
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about conducting a recce from an electrical viewpoint.

This means considering aspects of the location that will impact on the electrical work, by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the site, and what to do once a studio or location has been selected. It is also essential to establish the geography of the location in relation to the sun and how that would dictate the time of day for certain shots.

This standard covers conducting a risk assessment and estimating and evaluating the production lighting schedule.

This standard is for those working as Gaffers and Best Boys.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​prepare for the visit to the proposed locations with the members of the production team as well as the lighting designer, lighting director, director of photography and lighting cameraman
  2. assess, record and discuss with the technical team, the suitability of the proposed locations and any proposed lighting design in meeting the technical requirements 

  3. assess the cost implications of using the proposed locations

  4. ensure site notes and records are of sufficient detail to allow accurate interpretation into technical requirements
  5. assess and record the characteristics, position and proposed sequence of the locations and any proposed lighting design in terms of transporting electrical plant and equipment within the production schedule
  6. complete a risk assessment to identify hazards associated with the proposed locations and any proposed lighting design and the possible risks within the context of handling electrical plant, equipment and staff
  7. ensure the risk assessment complies with all current health and safety regulations
  8. liaise with all contractors and / or specialist services involved with the electrical requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​the production schedule, technical and budget requirements and their impact on the recce
  2. the lighting design intended in order to be able to suggest alternatives should the location require changes to the original design
  3. how to assess the advantages and disadvantages of locations from an electrical viewpoint
  4. the importance of obtaining specialist advice
  5. when and how to obtain specialist advice
  6. the key factors in building up an assessment of the electrical implications and cost effectiveness of using particular locations
  7. what to look for at locations to decide upon the necessary equipment and resources
  8. how to account for the possibility of adverse physical and environmental conditions
  9. the procedures to follow once a selection is made to use a location
  10. how to conduct a risk assessment
  11. the importance of ensuring the safety of all staff and equipment / resources
  12. the current health and safety regulations affecting risk assessment for the production


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Skilled Trades NEC, Skilled Trades Occupations

SOC Code



location; recce; schedule; lighting design;; eletrical requirements; risk assessment; lighting design;