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What is location scounting?

Scouting locations is one of the most challenging jobs in the film industry. Finding the best fit of creative and logistic elements requires many hours of searching, director tours and neighbourhood outreach. VisionNet, in partnership “Film Commission” and local Location professionals, is working to find and promote locations that are pre-screened for filming, thereby helping movie production save time and money. Below are the basic steps involved in having your property chosen for use as a film location.

The key objective is to have the director visit a location in person. Photographs are the first step in convincing a director that a particular location has the right “look” for the story. A site visit will confirm whether the additional elements that make a location viable are in place. Further information about the location scouting process is provided in the “What Happens Next” booklet that will be emailed to you with your confirmation of registration.

Professional scouts search for locations according to script requirements and present options to their location manager and key creative staff. It’s not uncommon for 50 location files to be presented at the beginning of a scout. Creative feedback from the Director, Production Designer and other members of the creative team is given, and potential sites are contacted to confirm the levels of interest and availability. VisionNet assists location professionals and property owners significantly with this process.

A short list of qualified possible locations is created and a tour schedule for the director is confirmed with property owner. A director and several key creatives personnel will visit your property to review all the creative and logistic needs of a particular production. After a site visit with the director, a meeting is held to discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of potential locations. Permiting bodies such as “Film Commission” will now become involved in the selection process. If a location passes all the required creative, logistics and permit requirements, an offer will be extended to the property owner.

The Location Manager and Property owner will negotiate a filming contract that will compensate the owner for use of the property, alternate accommodations, and per diem if necessary. Issuessuch as insurance, permits and parking will be discussed in great detail. Location fees and insurance will be arranged before filming begins.

 
  • Register!


    Registering your property increases your chances of being scouted by a factor of 15. You can begin the registration process by clicking here.
  • Scouting


    Professional scouts search for locations according to script requirements and present options to their location manager and key creative staff. It's not uncommon for 50 location files to be presented at the beginning of a scout.
  • Scouts Call


    Creative feedback from the director, production designer and other members of the creative team is given, and potential sites are contacted to confirm the levels of interest and availability. VisionNet assists location professionals and property owners significantly with this process.
  • Director Views Your Location


    A short list of qualified possible locations is created and a tour schedule for the director is confirmed with the property owner. A director and several key creative personnel will vist your property to review all the creative and logistic needs of a partical production.
  • A Location Is Chosen


    After a site visit with the director, a meeting is held to discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of potential locations. Permitting bodies such as "Film Commission" will now become involved in the selection process. If a location passes all the requierd creative, logistics, and permit requirements, an offer will be extended to the property owner.
  • Negotiation


    The location manager and property owner will negotiate a filming contract that will compensate the owner for the use of the property, alternate accomodations, and per diem if necessary. Issues such as insurance, permits, and parking will be discussed in great detail. Location fees and insurance will be arranged before filming begins.