by Chris Hood.
In virtually every case, location decisions will have a tremendous bearing on your film. On the macro scale, you need to decide the best overall area (usually city) in which to shoot and on the micro scale you’ll be looking at the available places you can possibly film in that area. Usually, these two factors will work hand-in-hand. Location scouting can be local, regional, national or even international. The elements that need consideration are suitability, convenience and cost.
Out of necessity, cost is often a major limiting factor precluding many, if not most, scouting options right out of the gate. If you have a studio budget, you can fly around the world looking for the best locations. Hell, you can even shoot on five different continents when you land the next James Bond film. However, for now, if your 401k is financing the project, you might be limited to an hour or two drive from your crappy apartment…or even the few miles you can safely jet around on your scooter.
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