One of the things you’ll have to decide when you dive into filmmaking is where you’re going to shoot your film. Many people new to filmmaking struggle with this. But don’t worry too much; this article will give you some fast and easy tips on finding locations to shoot your film.
You will have to do some research in your area. So get in your car with your script in hand and see if there’s an area nearby that you can use for free. Some places will let you shoot your movie for free or without permits. Small mom and pop shops are a great place to start.
If you want to shoot in a park or a public setting, you may need to acquire a permit for that. You can buy a permit at the city hall or town hall where you are making your film. When you get your permit, you’ll need to know about how long you plan on being there, that way the city can have the place blocked off for you. The town or city will only block off the area for the length of time you signed up for. So make good use of your time.
Shooting your movie in a local diner or coffee shop is a good idea. However, you’ll need to talk to the owners and get their permission before you begin. You may even need to get a permit. Don’t forget, you are interrupting their business so make sure you are over polite in the process okay? Nobody wants a snobby filmmaker around.
Some places you can shoot after hours could be a library or a school. But you will definitely need a permit to shoot at these places.
Filmmaking can be a lot of fun. Don’t get hung up on where to shoot your movie: That should be the least of your worries. Just pick a place and get to work.