[Live Webinar] Location Scouting 101: Where to Start and How to End

by Peter D. Marshall


My friend, Tim Moshansky, is presenting a live webinar on location scouting this Saturday, May 17 for Stage 32. http://bit.ly/1iRlxFi

Tim has been a Location Scout for nearly 20 years and has worked on hundreds of films and television shows such as The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Alcatraz, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Seventh Son, and most recently the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey.

Tim has also written the book “A to Z Guide to Film Terms” that has sold over 25,000 copies and is used as required reading material in many universities.

There are two things that a production starts doing as soon as they have the “green light” – casting for actors and scouting for locations. In a way, a Location Scout is like a Casting Director for locations.

Unless a film is shot entirely in a studio with sets or green screen, locations are integral to how the film will look. Anyone can become a Location Scout, but to become a GREAT scout that people call again and again takes a keen eye, good people and photography skills, and on-the-ground experience.

In this webinar Tim Moshansky will guide you through the entire process of scouting – from the moment you get the script or storyboards, to when they call “Action!” on set. Tim will offer you tips and insights from his nearly 20 years of scouting experience. http://bit.ly/1iRlxFi

Whether you are someone considering a career as a Scout, or a Filmmaker looking for ways to increase your production value and anticipate potential location problems, this is the webinar that will help you learn the basics about scouting.

Topics Tim will cover in this webinar:

  • “Who’s Your Boss?” – Getting the call from a Location Manager, Production Manager or Producer to begin Scouting.
  • The Assignment – What Locations are they looking for? When does it shoot? What is the Story Line? How much Prep Time do they have?
  • Equipment Needed – An overview of Cameras, Tripods, Laptops, Apps, Websites and more
  • Skill set required of a Scout
  • How to break down a script
  • How to do your homework before “hitting the pavement”
  • Architectural Styles
  • Use your “Spidey Senses” – Why Internet Research and Google Street View can be helpful but not enough.
  • The Cold Call: Knocking on the door and the first things to say to a homeowner
  • Getting Permission from Property Owners
  • Working with and getting help from Local Film Commissions
  • Understanding Municipal and Federal Laws and Permits
  • Photography Tips and How To Present Photos of a Location
  • How hiring an experienced Scout is worth every penny to a filmmaker
  • Working with Directors and Producers
  • Production Designers – Keeping them happy and finding out what they need
  • The differences between Commercials, TV movies, TV Series and Feature Films
  • Big Budget to No Budget – Challenges and approaches to each
  • Director Scouts and Tech Surveys
  • Saving money and gaining Production Value by using Local Scouts
  • Get to Know your local area landmarks and “go to” locations, i.e. -“The Usual Suspects”
  • Deal Memos, Daily Rates, Expenses and Getting Paid
  • What to do before you start to make sure you don’t get screwed.
  • Terminology of Scouting and Film Production
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door – how to become a Scout even if you’ve never done it before
  • Live Q&A session with Tim – all questions will be answered!

This live webinar takes place on Saturday, May 17. http://bit.ly/1iRlxFi

And remember: You do not need to be available at the time of broadcast to view the webinar! All who register will receive unlimited access for one full year!

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