8 Keys to Location Scouting Like a Pro

8 Keys to Location Scouting Like a Pro

Location scouting for your shoot? We cover 8 things to keep in mind as you brave the elements. Happy location scouting.

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1. Nothing can ruin a take like unwanted background noise. Check for air traffic, boat traffic, regular traffic, trains, subways, and appliances.

2. Check for anachronisms. Examples. Aircraft in the background, cars in “Ancient Rome” or any unwanted logos. If necessary, VFX it out.

3. Is there enough space for everything? Your location isn’t just the set. It must accommodate gear, trucks, and expendables. That includes parking.

4. Double check power sources. Do you have access to outlets? No? Bring a generator.

5. Know the weather. How often does it rain? Or snow? Hail? Or whatever this is (it’s a typhoon).

6. Don’t forget about sunrise and sunset. You might need extra lighting equipment.

7. Get permission to access. Lights, breakers, HVAC, modifications.

8. Most importantly, make sure you get it all in writing.

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