Remote working requires a degree of trust, but in my experience trust fosters responsibility, a happy team, and better films
David Sington, DOX Productions
"I first became convinced that remote working was the way to go when I noticed that although I was sharing an office with my Assistant Producer, and we were sitting about ten feet apart, most of the time we communicated by email. I found that if I had a request it was better not to interrupt his work with a verbal question, but dash off a one-line message that he could deal with in his own time. I too appreciated the space to concentrate without interruptions.
It’s true that remote working saves money on office overheads, and makes it much easier to match staff to work load, but those aren’t the reasons DOX operates this way. We simply believe it to be more efficient than dragging everyone across London every morning so that we can sit in front of exactly the same computers that we all have at home.
Working from a home office people can start earlier and work later without impacting on family life, and it’s far easier to “time shift” when setting up shoots in distant time zones, as we often are. We have worked like this on single documentaries, series and feature documentaries.
Our most successful film, In the Shadow of the Moon, was made entirely by a team of freelancers working remotely. Shadow had a worldwide commercial cinema release, has won dozens of awards and has sold nearly a million DVDs – so it didn’t seem to suffer from a lack of office space. It’s been years since we’ve had enough desks in our office to seat everyone working for DOX!"