Thinking of becoming a shoot location owner?

27th October 2017

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the houses you see on screen, or in your favourite magazine? ‘Where do they find them?’ ‘Is it just a set, or an actual home?’ At Locate, we use real houses owned by real people for our shoots, and are always open to discovering new locations to add […]

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Top 10 Locations Outside of London

30th May 2017

When location scouting for your production, remaining within London is often the easiest option. Limit yourself to just one area of the UK, however, and you could be missing out on the perfect spot for your project. Travelling outside of the M25 opens your eyes to a variety of unique, stunning locations, and using our location […]

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Photographers’ Dining Club

10th April 2017

We had the pleasure of helping organise the twelfth event for the Photographers’ Dining Club, which took place on Thursday 6th April 2017. Held quarterly, the Photographers’ Dining Club is an evening of photography talks, great food and new connections. With the theme for this event being “Getting Commissioned,” the evening consisted of 4 fantastic guest speakers followed […]

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Samsung’s Flagship TV Campaign

22nd February 2017

Our luxury residential location #1095 was recently used as the backdrop for Samsung’s latest flagship TV campaign for ‘Quantum Dot’ TVs. We were able to find the perfect location that matched the client’s brief; a contemporary styled home with large open-plan living spaces. Whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room or the bedroom, each shot makes the screen […]

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Jigsaw AW16 Photographed by Todd Hido

25th October 2016

We provided the location for Jigsaw’s AW16 Lived Not Modelled campaign of eye catching, closely cropped and seemingly candid images. The model’s appear in a style more reminiscent of portrait photography where the viewer becomes the unwitting observer of a private moment, all lived not modelled. The domestic scenes were shot in one our beautiful location library townhouses that met the brief of a subtle, sophisticated backdrop with […]

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Kevin Simm Music Video – Wildfire

5th October 2016

Wildfire is the first single from The Voice UK 2016 winner Kevin Simm on his album Recover. Fans and of the pop group Liberty X will recognise Kevin from his days as a one fifth of the group! The video for Wildfire was filmed at a modern residential location from our library following an enquiry from Universal Music. #KevinSimm #TheVoice #Wildfire #location […]

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Capturing the Skill of Parkour with Shamil Tanna

5th June 2016

We recently went underground and over rooftops with Photographer Shamil Tanna on this energetic shoot of some Parkour personalities. Shamil is an ascending star in his own right and is sought after for his portrait and campaign work, having captured many well known faces in the world of sport and beyond. One of our urban Library locations provided the backdrop and platform for this display of […]

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Laura Pannack Personal Project

27th May 2016

When Photographer Laura Pannack needed to find a slate quarry, for the back drop of one of her test shoots, she knew just where to look. We were  able to help her find just what she was searching for in the Locate Productions library. Laura, represented by Wyatt-Clarke & Jones, explains more about her work in Wales, and in particular her […]

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Behind the Scenes on the Team Rubicon Shoot

20th April 2016

It was all action on this shoot to drum up awareness of charitable trust Team Rubicon UK recently! Created so that ex service men and women and other specialists could be put to good use, Team Rubicon ‘unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the […]

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Sky Earth Hour | A Day In Location Assisting

17th March 2016

We asked Will, a location assistant for Locate Productions, to write about his experience on one of the latest Sky ads. Locate Productions sourced the location from our location library and location managed the shoot. Skys’ latest ad campaign aims to promote, encourage and celebrate the efforts of the WWF group who, every year run ‘Earth Hour’; “an annual global celebration where people switch […]

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We caught up with the owner of one of our favourite locations, Brown House, for an insight into her experience of recently hosting a multi-media shoot during lockdown.

What were your initial thoughts when you were asked to host a shoot during lockdown?

Personally I was happy with the idea, however some of the family were concerned about strangers coming into the house who might bring infection, so we thought about it quite a bit. It made an important difference that the shoot was in the garden rather than in the house.

What were your main concerns ahead of the shoot?

The shoot itself was to be outside, but of course the crew would need access to the kitchen and the loo, so would not be entirely outside. The main concern was if the crew were not careful, they could inadvertently bring infection into the house. They were reassuring that they would be very restricted where they went and we decided we would disinfect the surfaces in the kitchen and the loos after everyone had left.

How did the experience of this shoot differ to pre-pandemic shoots?

Everyone was absolutely delightful, as always! On the recces, everyone wore masks, used hand sanitiser and kept their distance. They spent very little time inside the house, for instance they waited for each other and talked outside, rather than all being in the house at the same time.

How was your experience while the shoot was happening?

I was in the house to start with, but out for most of the day. The team were thoughtful, for instance they suggested opening up the side gates to give most people direct access to the garden, which limited the number of people who needed to come into the house. And they brought a winnebago, which was used as a green room instead of using a room in the house. During the day, someone needed to make a call – rather than just go ahead and use the study, they phoned me to ask if it would be OK for that person to sit in the study to make that call, which of course was fine.

Did you feel that the Covid-19 safety precautions put in place by the production were adequate?

Yes, very much so. Everyone was wearing masks, including outside even though it was hot. Most or all people were outdoors most or all of the time, they set up tents outside, so there were just a few people in the kitchen. Covid warning signs were also put up,  reminding everyone to wash their hands and the loos were clearly signed so no-one would go into the wrong rooms – they were very careful. And the house was left immaculate afterwards, as always.

What advice would you give other location owners, ahead of hosting a shoot in the current climate?

It’s a personal choice, people must make their own decisions. However I am happy we did it and this was a few weeks ago, the virus was more prevalent then than it is now. When we got back in the evening, we wiped down with disinfectant all the doors and surfaces where people would have been, it didn’t take long.

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