8 Tips for Location Scouts

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check out these several tips that will help you finding great shooting locations

1. Know your script
Choose a site that matches the setting of your story. Remember, that you have a story to tell. Choose a location that lends itself to the story you want to produce. You need to know what the script demands before you can select a suitable location

2. Scout at the right time
Be aware that locations can change. It’s wise to check your spot on the day of the week and the time of day that you’ll be taping: these factors can produce surprisingly large changes on the suitability of a location. Traffic and noise, public all come in waves that vary dramatically based on the time of day, the day of the week and the season

3. Look at light
Temple, restaurants, auditoriums, homes etc. generally feature low amounts of available lighting. Check light levels by shooting a few seconds of test footage with your camera

4. Follow the sun
Outdoor lighting conditions can be as challenging as those indoors; exterior illumination changes all day long. Bright sun can be harsh on people’s faces

5. Check for power supplies
Many outdoor locations are far from power sources, so multiple camera batteries are always a good idea. But you’ll still need to evaluate your power options at any location

6. Listen
Clean, high-quality sound is critical in making a video that rises above the ordinary, and it’s silence that ensures you get the location sound that you came for

7. Examine the elements
Sun, rain, wind, snow, heat, cold – all can help or hurt, depending on what you’re hoping to capture on film. So, it’s critical to check the forecast as you’re scouting

8. Get permission
Be aware that you’ll need to secure permits and other legal permissions to shoot at certain locations. As you’re looking at a location, do a legal reality check. It’s better to get permission in advance than to have a shoot interrupted by the authorities

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