Why You Should Use Ground Protection Matting on Your Outdoor Film Set

Planning to use an outdoor set for your next shoot? Whatever the location, outdoor film sets come with a number of additional weather-based logistics to consider. Safety, equipment protection, and accessibility are all integral to making sure your shoot runs efficiently.

Ground protection mats are the best and most cost-effective way to keep your equipment, location, and crew safe. Here are several key reasons why you should consider ground matting for your outdoor film set.

Protect Your Set

When shooting on location, you’ll be aiming to do as little damage to the environment as possible and leave the area in the same state as when you arrived. However, heavy foot traffic can wear down grass and churn up mud.

Ground protection mats protect grass and other terrains from machinery, vehicles, and other equipment, as well as from foot traffic. That way, you can get the work done without worrying about damaging your set. At JAK Hire, we offer site surveys and mat layout planning to ensure the mats fit perfectly with your location.

Protect Your Equipment

If you hire equipment for your film shoot, it’s important to return it in perfect condition so that you can get your deposit back and avoid incurring any extra charges. Using your own equipment? Well, you’ll want to keep that in good condition, too.

Mud and gravel on outdoor film sets can cause a lot of damage to equipment. Just as ground matting can protect the location from the equipment, it can also protect the equipment from the location. As a result, you can save money on repairs and cleaning.

Improve Accessibility

Making sure that the cast and crew can easily move to where they need to be is an essential part of keeping a film set running smoothly. And when the terrain gets tough, it can impede movement. No matter how difficult the weather or terrain is, ground protection mats create an even surface. They’re ideal for building temporary roads or walkways so you can move about the set with ease.

Ensure Safety

At JAK Hire, we understand that safety should always be at the forefront of any project. When the weather gets bad, slick mud and uneven ground become major hazards and can cause all manner of slips, falls, and injuries. By evening out the terrain and providing a much better surface to grip onto, ground matting ensures your film set stays safe for both actors and crew.

Set Up, Pack Up

Using time efficiently on a film set is essential, so it’s important that your ground protection mats don’t hold you up. Both our Euromats and Tuff Tracks are designed for quick deployment and removal, making them ideal for a temporary location like a film set. All the necessary protection, with very little time wasted.

Save Money

If your equipment is damaged or stuck, you’ll face delays. And delays cost precious time and money. Ground protection matting does its job by preventing the damage before it can happen, making sure you can keep running on schedule.

Additionally, ground mats are sturdier and longer-lasting than plywood and don’t have to be replaced as often. Their durability makes them a more cost-effective choice in the long run.

Do you have a production coming up? If you’re shooting your film in Devon, JAK Hire has ground protection mats for sale and hire to help you keep your set running smoothly. Take a look at our products or get in touch for more information. We’re open seven days a week!