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Where To Begin
  • Location Breakdown
  • Research
  • Consultations with Director, Production Designer,
    and UPM
  • Scouting
  • For creative needs
  • For logistical needs

Creating a Location Breakdown
  • List all locations
  • List Scene s to be shot in each location
  • List 1/8ths to be shot in each location
  • List approximate duration of shoot for each
    location (if schedule available)
  • Summarize Primary Fact
  • Facts about the location indicated in the
    slugline, in character dialogue, or character
    interaction with the environment
  • Summarize Secondary Facts
  • Descriptions in the scene text that do not
    directly affect dialogue or character
  • Summarize Potential Structural Issues
  • Will wallpaper or installing of fixtures be
    required, etc.?

Understanding Primary vs. Secondary Facts
  • A Primary Fact is tied to location identity
    (slugline), direct dialogue, or specific action
    of the character
  • INT. HIGH RISE OFFICE - DAY The fact of the
    office is non-negotiable. The Location Scout
    cant decide the scene would be better on the
  • John, will you open the sliding glass door.
    John cant then stand up and open a French door.
  • Cathie looks out the window. Clearly, the room
    will have to have a window if Cathie must look
    out of it.

Understanding Primary vs. Secondary Facts
  • A Secondary Fact is any descriptor or feature
    that can potentially be abandoned without
    directly affecting the actors or the scene
  • Room layout that does not directly affect
    character action.
  • Colors and textures.
  • Really anything that a character doesnt interact
    with or refer to.
  • Note The Location Scout does not view these
    facts as unimportant but understands that some
    aspects of practical locations must be flexible
    or no film would ever be shot outside a studio or

Conducting Research
  • Before consulting the Director or Production
    Designer, the Location Scout should make sure
    he/she understand the design language of the
  • E.G. period research, architectural research,
    cultural research, professional research (what
    does an accounting office look like?)

  • Always check your assumptions
  • Does your understanding square with the
    Directors and the Designers?
  • Are there things in the script they plan on
    changing in production.
  • What are the logistical needs of the crew? Ask
    the UPM.

Scouting Questions Part 1
  • Does this location serve the creative needs of
    the script?
  • Primary Facts present?
  • Secondary Fact present or possible?
  • Does this location serve the logistical needs of
    the crew?
  • Bathrooms?
  • Staging areas? Catering space?
  • Parking?
  • Power?
  • Ease of access? Loading areas?

Scouting Questions Part 2
  • Does this location avoid unnecessary headaches?
  • Sound issues?
  • Planes, trains, construction, busy highways,
    schools, fire stations, etc.
  • Permits necessary?
  • Film friendly neighbors?
  • Safe?
  • Heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffic?

Scouting Questions Part 3
  • Basic info?
  • Address? Directions?
  • Compass/sun orientation?
  • Adjacent properties/businesses?
  • Who controls this location?
  • Owners contact info?
  • Renters contact info?
  • Permitting authority info?
  • Can we get it?
  • Never show a director a location that youre not
    95 sure you can get.

How to Shoot Location Photos
  • Shoot lots of photos. Sort and select later.
  • Shoot master shots of every room, establishing
    shots of every exterior.
  • Shoot every direction.
  • Cover all important features, especially primary
  • Cover all entrances/exits.
  • Shoot panoramic views.
  • Shoot multiple lighting situations.
  • Shoot staging areas and parking where applicable.

Creating a Site Plan
  • Parking for cast crew.
  • Parking for trucks, genny.
  • Loading areas.
  • Holding areas.
  • Catering Craft Service.

Why Create a Site Plan?
  • Check to make sure location meets logistical
  • Guides crew loading in on day of shoot (where
    does this grip truck go, anyway?)
  • Shows permitting authority that a professional
    crew knows what theyre doing

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