In addition to the interviews themselves, location footage was shot in order to add some context, whether it was the interview subject's home, her place of work, or somewhere else of significance to her. Crews were instructed to shoot this outdoors in natural light if possible – ideally in the early morning or evening rather than in broad daylight. They were asked for a one-minute establishing shot, showing the subject doing something before coming to a stop and turning to face the camera.
For example, the protocol document suggested, "a woman working in the fields" might pick up some vegetables before getting up and looking at the camera. Or a dancer could execute some dance steps, then stand still and look at the camera. In the edit, a transition could then follow to the interview, which was always filmed front-on.
The crews were also asked to film some time lapse footage of the preliminary stages of the shoot – the interviewer meeting the subject, the studio being set up, people coming and going, and behind-the-scenes activity. The idea was to have this footage available to use in the edit to show the diversity of places and encounters, with everyday life going on in the background as the interview takes place.
This context and location footage was shot in widely varying lighting conditions, on a diverse range of cameras (although usually a Canon EOS C300 Mark II or EOS 5D Mark IV), sometimes even from drones. "We were filming so many different situations, we had to adjust the camera choice for each shoot session," Thomas observes, which meant for him "a post-production challenge, and not a small one!" The only common requirements were to shoot in 1.89 ratio and a minimum of 4K resolution.