It is part of the experience of being a location owner that you may have several
recces before you actually get used: your property is usually in a short list. There are many reasons why your
property may not be right, and sometimes it can be arbitrary reasons why somewhere else is chosen, perhaps to do
with scheduling and the proximity of another important location.
Once your location is chosen, Location Works will draw up a Location Agreement between yourself and the Hirer.
The agreement covers the times of preparation days (known as "prep days"), filming,
and re-instatement days ("strike days"),
also the areas to be used, extra facilities, payment terms etc. and, importantly, insurance matters.
We have many years of experience in doing this, and you may rest assured that your interests will be best served,
and that we will get the best price for the job.
In the case of a large shoot, there may be one or more further "technical recces"
when for example the director and cinematographer will visit to plan the shoot day in more detail.
Location Works insists on payment being made prior to commencement of any photography / filming.
We have found it to be most efficient and secure if we take payment from the production company and pass payment on
to you after the shoot (usually immediately).
On the day, the photographer / production company will reasonably expect to find the location as it was when
they did their recce: they would understandably be annoyed to arrive and find that, for example, builders are
working on the roof! Your property should be as you would expect it to be for the visit of an important guest: neat and tidy.
If there is a star involved, you stand a good chance of meeting them, but be prepared to mostly hover
around discreetly in the background. It is your home that is the real star, let the crew get on with their work.
The two people you should get to know are the Location Manager and the Producer -
they are the ones who will sort out any problems that may arise.
It may be a long day, and a most unusual experience, but always fun!