//DATE: 10-11th SEPT, 2018. London. 


// AUDIENCE: Producers, Production Management, Executives.


Aim. Learn how to plan and manage filming in high risk and remote locations. The course aims to provide participants with:

  • Improved preparation and planning; integrating editorial and risk planning.

  • Improved support to crews from UK production team.

  • Improved reaction to incidents from the UK.

This will then enable the following benefits to productions:

  • Enable more storylines to be pursued.

  • Streamline pre-production saving money through reduced time and manpower costs.

  • Help Producers balance competing priorities and reduce executives/broadcaster concerns – the staying awake at night.

  • Reduce physical, financial, legal and reputational risk.

//WHY is this needed?

Currently the industry has a standard training course and “industry norms” for crew on location and concentrating on individual skills – that's either a remote first aid course or the HEFAT/HET course. However, there is no little formal training for those Producers who are responsible for planning, developing and managing shoots in remote and hostile environments.

Often, deployed crew who may have the relevant experience and tactical training are not involved in the development of the shoot, risk management planning or incident response. In addition, it is counter productive if Risk is seen as a mutually exclusive to the editorial process or as an after thought.

As a result:

  • Unrealistic stories maybe developed or there is potential for more ambition which is not realised.

  • The formal risk management process often drains time and resources away from pre-production. Ultimately this is a cost to production.

  • Assessment of actual risk (as opposed to theoretical risk) can be misunderstood, meaning Executives and Commissioners will not receive a realistic brief on the risks they sign off on


We are offering a comprehensive 2 day course that:

  • Explores the range of planning considerations required in remote and hostile environments

  • Introduces the formal risk assessment process and formal broadcaster compliance (written High Risk Assessment or CLSP)

  • Teaches and practices incident response

  • Provides insight in specialist insurance, legal and psychological risk management.

This is delivered through explanation (walk through talk through), imitation (vignettes) and testing (planning exercise) by experienced practitioners of risk from the media, NGO and security sector.

We intend that this leads to a shift change in thinking, where the editorial intent defines the risk profile and risk management is an integrated part of the editorial spec and production process.

The training ultimately assists producers with their competing priorities and allows them to better look after the crew while satisfying broadcasters and Execs.

The course is being designed and delivered in partnership with Artios (Artiosglobal.com), industry leaders supporting Stabilisation Activities in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.


I recently completed the Risk Management training course with Secret Compass.  The 2 day course was packed with useful information, delivered by a range of engaging and experienced professionals. I would certainly recommend this course for crew members who travel to locations as well as the office teams who support them. Claire - Icon Films