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How to take great location photos

How to take great location photos

You’ve decided to list your property, and now you want to showcase your space in the best possible way. The saying is true- a photo really is worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to promoting locations for film opportunities. First and foremost, it’s important to accurately portray your property. Misrepresentation will just lead to frustration down the line. Special filters and photo treatments are best avoided, and the good news is- keep it simple! Taking photos with a Point & Shoot camera or newer camera phone is generally fine. 

Photo tips:

  • Include multiple shots of your location from different angles. Taking photos standing in one corner of a room usually gives the best view. 
  • A photo file of around 20-30 pictures is a great starting point (depending on how many spaces you have available).
  • Please include interior and exterior shots. If some areas are no access, please don’t photograph them.
  • Landscape format photos are generally preferred, using widest setting possible.
  • Here are some general standards:
    – File size between 100KB – 1 MB
    – JPEG format, Uncompressed
  • If you are sending from a camera phone, please email over at the highest resolution which is usually ‘actual size’
  • Please do not include photos shot in bad weather (rain, snow etc.)
  • Submit photos in room order e.g. front entrance/lobby then moving through each floor
  • Spaces don’t need to be unrealistically tidy but minimize clutter before photographing – e.g. removing piles of laundry of paperwork
  • Concentrate on shooting the actual location itself and not people, pets, vehicles etc.

If you have any questions, drop us a line at info@locationbase.ca and one of our team will get in touch

How to get started as a Film Location

How to get started as a Film Location

You might think your location is nothing special, but creatives and scouts are always searching for a wide variety of spaces from mansions and cabins to offices and warehouses (for shooting in, but also for storage and support space). 

How much you will get paid will vary, depending on the geographical location, appearance, selling features, and of course the Production’s budget (which varies immensely). 

If you’ve taken the plunge and decided to list your location, you’ll want to make it as appealing as possible. We often get asked how to get your location to stand out and get that first booking. Here’s a few top tips to get you started:

  • Be responsive. If you get a shoot inquiry, try to get back to us/the Production as quickly as possible.
  • Your home or space doesn’t have to be super modern or new to be appealing. Productions look for all types of locations, depending on their script.   
  • When taking photos use a real camera (or high-quality camera phone) to show your space in the best light. 
  • Parking! If you don’t have parking on site, is there at least some parking close by?
  • Space to move around is also key. Tight spaces don’t work for crew plus equipment. 
  • Often, we get very little notice for a shoot, so flexibility is a must! Productions don’t operate in the real-world sense, especially when it comes to timing!
  • Scouts and recces can often amount to nothing. Don’t get disheartened, it’s just that your space is not quite right this time, BUT they may remember you for a shoot in the future.
  • Liability insurance is something you should consider before opening your home up for commercial purposes.
  • Expect some wear and tear. If you have 15 people in a small area of course there’s going to be a few knocks and scratches. 
  • The more flexible you are with their requests, the more shoots you will get, e.g painting the location or moving furniture around. Remember, they will always be expected to return the space to the way they found it.
  • Good accessibility and availability are key! No brainer. 
  • Make sure your location is clean and safe. If Creatives realize they need to spend a lot of money to prepare the location, they may go elsewhere. 
  • Get the Productions to take “how-they-found-it” photos of every room they are shooting in so that they can reset everything as they found it. 
  • Try not to be distracting to the crew during the shoot as they are under pressure to work fast. They will be treating your home as a set which some folks could find unsettling.
  • Enjoy the process! 

Once you’ve registered your property, really all you need to do it sit back and wait for the phone to ring! But seriously though, it may not ring for a while, and it may not ring often. Don’t lose faith. Keeping your photos up to date and information current are things you can do to increase your chances of being selected. Our suggestion is always to be optimistic, present your location in the best way (great photos always!) and then don’t overthink it. Don’t start working out all the logistics, just wait until an inquiry comes in and then we will help walk you through the process.

Hope: Filming around BC

Hope: Filming around BC

Everyone knows Vancouver lands all the big Movies and TV shows, but let’s focus on some other places around the province that have had their fair share of filming. First up.. Hope.

Hope is a town 150 km’s east of Vancouver, in the Fraser Valley Regional District (nearly a 2 hour drive). It’s a popular stop for those travelling across the province.

It’s probably most famous for its 1981 shoot for Rambo’s First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone (First Blood also filmed in Greater Vancouver and beyond). Sets were built in the downtown area and they also made good use of the surrounding forests and park land. There’s even a Rambo Sly Stallone wood carving downtown and a plywood full size cut out #embraceHopeBC.

Going in another direction, The Hallmark channel LOVES the quaint look of the town. Often Hope is transformed into snowy American storefronts (even when shooting in the summer!). Many local spaces and personal homes are also rented for filming purposes either as actual film locations or as holding areas for cast and crew.

Hope also gets featured in Reality Shows such as Highway Thru Hell (2012- present) which showcases a recovery team helping highway users in the brutal winter conditions.

Just in time for Halloween 2021, the thriller Antlers was released;

A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover that a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Torro, the horror was filmed in Hope and the Lower Mainland in 2018.

Here’s some popular shows that were filmed entirely in or in part in and around Hope:

Winters Dream (2018)                        Yellow Dog (1994)

Shoot to Kill (1998)                             Antlers (2021)

The Pledge (2001)                               A Dogs Way Home (2019)

The Hollow (2015)                              Sweet Virginia (2017)

Fire with Fire (1986)                           White Fang II (1994)

The Pledge (2001)                               The Stick up (2003)

Hope Springs (2003)                           Suspicious River (2004)

Afghan Knights (2007)                        Wind Chill (2007)

A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado (2020)

More info. can be found at:

https://hopebc.ca/rambo-first-blood-filming-location-tour-self-guided/

www.imdb.com

 

We’d love to make our list even more comprehensive. Comment if you know of any we have missed – you can include smaller indie projects too