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Lock Down The Shooting Location

Now you have a movie script and a shooting schedule, and you’re asking yourself what to do next? Find the shooting location! Getting the shooting location for your future movie can be a heavy trial or interesting journey, it depends what you are looking for and where you are looking it for. Often filmmakers choose to shoot on location because they believe that greater realism can be achieved in a “real” place, however location shooting is also often motivated by the film’s budget. Many films shoot interior scenes on a sound stage and exterior scenes on location. Before going to tap the location you should to “lock” it. The easiest way to find the location it’s scouting for it! Find an owner, describe your intentions and scope of your movie project.

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Take a location agreement!

Your permission should be only in a written form! Nobody will listen to you whoever you are and whoever gave you a verbal permission. The police and local officials can spoil your project and deprive you from the place (depends of the state law it can be even worse – arrest and/or fine). So, take a Location Agreement and secure your shooting zone!

Secure your shooting location!

This contract should reflect the following positions depending of your requirements:

  • the use of the location
  • the dates and the times of use
  • what parts of the location the crew allowed to use
  • parking, restroom access
  • craft  service/catering setup location
  • permission to move the furniture or rearrange location
  • definition to use pyrotechnics, so forth…

All mentioned above should be assumed and referred for your particular need, it’s very important!   Also, take in consideration that in some cities you might be required to hire the police or firefighter officers. Don’t forget to carry your shooting permission with you, keep it always tight as your passport!

Believe me or not, but all those required papers and prices can be reduced depending of the status of your movie company. It’s will more complicated process if you’ll roll up to the landlord or official body representing yourself as a movie tycoon, or sending your lawyer or agent to represent you. For us independent movie makers its mostly easer, believe me! So, go for it in person and be simple and that will benefit to you.

[download_box]Let me provide to you some typical forms for locking the property:[/download_box]

location contract.pdf

scouting sheet.pdf

shooting notice.pdf

Hope what that brief description will help you.

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