Once you`ve chosen a general region (i.e. a state, city or country), look around and see what that region really has to offer. If you don`t live there, go. Remember if you choose places to take detailed notes, lots of images and even videos. Also ask as many questions as you can imagine. Warning: R. Richard Hobbs / nyc.locationscout.us is not a lawyer or lawyer in any capacity – the content presented here should only be considered as general information from the production experience, and you should consult a lawyer for answers to all questions and/or verify the validity of the statements or forms referred to here. If you are taking pictures in a private place, now is the time to call the owner of the property. Congratulations! Through strategic planning, clever negotiations and precise agreement, you`ve made sure of the places that will make your film incredible! All that remains is to respect your location agreements. This may seem obvious, but believe me, in the stress and chaos of production, it is easy to forget the promises to damage property and exceed its limits. During this period, the site department (presumably the site manager in situations requiring the greatest responsibility) contacted and initiated negotiations with internal and external parties that could impair the ability to film on the site. This is called “Clearing the Location”: review and confirmation of availability and fees to pay to a site owner or agent, obtaining an insurance certificate, obtaining the necessary film authorizations (may include a fee). There may also be distribution of “Resident Letters” or “Filming Notifications.” These are references to the neighbours who intend to film them in the area (often a local requirement).
These measures lead to a “blockage”: to ensure that all details and existing or potential problems are resolved. While it is the responsibility of the site department to anticipate and minimize problems related to a site, it is also the duty of the localization department to advise other managers of the production department on the intractable problems to be taken into account so that contingencies can be planned. This can lead to a decision regarding the use of an alternative site. This may include additional planning and budget allocations for additional location. Location Scouting is an important process in the pre-production phase of film and commercial photography.  Once the writers, producers or directors have decided what general kind of scene they need for the different parts of their work shot outside the studio, the search for a suitable location or “location” outside the studio begins.