Module 3 – Introduction

Making a film is a lot like selling real estate: Location is everything! A “location” in the film industry is any place filming will be done that is not a studio or a set. For films, television shows and commercials, finding the perfect location is largely the responsibility of the location scout, who uses investigative research, travel and photography to document potential locations that are perfect for filming.

This units covers the search and acquisition of locations appropriate for a shoot. The skills include determining location requirements for the shoot; determining locations to evaluate their suitability based on logistical and aesthetic considerations; preparing and conveying information on locations during the search and in preparation for the shoot; and securing the use of the locations considered suitable.