Thinking of becoming a shoot location owner?

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 to our location library.

If you’re curious about how it all works, or would like to register your own home with us, read on…

Being a shoot location owner can be extremely rewarding. Not only are you allowing yourself the opportunity to generate income from your property, you’re opening yourself up to meeting talented cast and crew members, and to seeing what goes on behind the scenes at a shoot. No two shoots are the same, and while there will of course be the more every-day shoots, the excitement that accompanies a day on set with a much loved household brand is incomparable. Not to mention the perk of possibly becoming a temporary home to leading talent – Andrex puppies, for example, or George Clooney and his beloved Nespresso.

     Adam Hinton for Natwest                                                                                          Tim Marsella for No Added Sugar

Meeting the criteria

While every property is unique and beautiful in its own right, not every property is suitable as a location. For this reason, we can’t guarantee inclusion within our location library to everyone that gets in touch.

As a rough guideline, our ideal property features the following:

  • Open plan space. This allows room for multiple camera angles, movement of equipment and a bigger crew
  • Good accessibility. Crews will often be bringing along heavy equipment, so a 10th floor flat with no lift access would prove problematic!
  • Good parking, either on the driveway, or nearby. Cannot be on a red route

If your property fits this outline, you may be perfect for us. Don’t worry if you’re unsure, though, or have something a little more unusual, we always assess on a case by case basis.

What to expect from a day on set?

If we do confirm a shoot with you, please be aware of the following:

  • No two shoots are the same, so your experience with one client may differ from your experience with another
  • Changes may be made to your home – often you won’t recognise your own home when used in a campaign. Our team are with you every step of the way, however, and will always ensure you are happy with certain changes being made. Upon leaving, crews will reinstate the property, so it is left as they found it
  • Crew numbers will vary greatly dependent on the style of the shoot – TV shoots will require more hands than an editorial shoot, for example. We will work with you to determine what you’re comfortable with
  • The possibility of 12 hour days, sometimes more (sometimes less!)
  • We ensure the client provides pubic liability insurance, in case of accidents. We advise that valuables be put aside, to avoid any upset should a breakage occur. While accidents are rare, they do sometimes happen – any issues will be fully dealt with by our team, in a way that you are happy with
  • When a client has hired your home, they will need access to it as pre-agreed. This doesn’t mean you can’t be at home, it just means the client will expect free reign in the agreed areas

While some enquiries can be slow moving and may not result in a confirmed booking, others will be keen to begin within a few days, or even that afternoon – we will always keep you informed throughout the process, so there will be no surprises.

What our location owners have to say

Sara – Location #8136

“Now that our kids are a bit older, it was time for me to think about going back to work. However, being a location owner allowed me to stay at home and keep on top of looking after the house and garden whilst still earning an income.

Working with Locate has been such a pleasure. Both Jo and Katie are always fun and friendly but also incredibly professional, offering advice and guidance where needed and dealing with any issues (which are rare) post shoot. I would really recommend Locate to anyone who is thinking of using their house for shoots.”

Jim – Location #4734

“I retired a while ago and was pleasantly surprised by what I can earn per day from a shoot. The cast and crew from Locate are always cheerful and friendly, and I enjoy seeing how it all happens behind the scenes.

The most challenging aspect of hiring out my home is when the shoots go into overtime and need the house for 12 hours or more. Locate will ensure payment for overtime, though, so I can’t complain!”

Get in touch

To speak to a member of our team about becoming a shoot location owner, send us an e-mail at locate@locateproductions.com or call us on 0207 978 1688.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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At Locate we get to work with some of the best creatives in the business and we love being able to share with you the work they do and their career journeys.

One such creative is photographer Stephen Ambrose. Stephen is an award winning photographer working with design and advertising agencies across the UK. He has recently won 3rd place in the IPA awards Extreme sports category for his latest project Calcio Storico.

Tell us a bit about how you got in to photography? 

My initial interest in photography began with my Dad.  He was a keen amateur and had an SLR. As my interest developed my parents bought me my own SLR when I was 12.  After some bad careers advice I ended up doing business studies at college. I lived in a small northern town and all the careers adviser knew was high street portrait photographers.  Then i got a job in a factory driving a fork lift truck and packing boxes. I stayed for 9 years but towards the end of this time I studied photography at night school where my tutor, Debbie, persuaded me to give up my job and go to Blackpool college full time to study for a degree in photography.  After graduating I relocated to London and started to assist. Firstly Architecture with Peter Durant and Grant Smith and then I fell in to the advertising world when my assistant friend Vik got me in as a second on a shoot with Adam Hinton. This has now taken me all over the world on many campaigns working with all the agencies in London.  In 2017 I won the portrait category at the AOP awards and this gave me my first advertising campaign and I spent most of 2018 working on numerous adverts for Adidas.

What appealed to you about starting this project?

This project started after spending most of 2018 photographing footballers at the top of their game. Then this made me think about what it takes to get to top level sports and I did a project on a young gymnast which showed me the passion that develops from a young age.  Which then led me on to how that passion continues if it doesn’t become a career. I was looking for a project that would show the ultimate passion and sacrifice and I came across Calcio Storico.

What is Calcio Storico? 

Calcio Storico is a game fought between the four districts of Florence, Italy every year.  Twenty Seven men in each team play a fifty minute game. Two semi finals on the third weekend in June and then the final always played on the 24th June, La Festa di San Giovanni (the feast of John the Baptist).  The game has been played since the sixteenth century in the Piazza Santa Croce. Passions run high. They do it for the love of their districts. No money is involved. The rules are no sucker punches and only one on one fighting but apart from this pretty much anything goes.

What were the challenges you faced shooting the project?

The main challenge shooting this project was rupturing my right arm bicep tendon a week before.  But also, as with any project, was gaining access. I had tried to contact the Florence government and was getting nowhere.  Then Locate productions put me in contact with an Italian producer that made a few phone calls and advised me that the best thing to do was for me to write a letter to the Florence government and state my case.  Its a very local event and they like it that way. It’s not something that they want to publicise to the world so I think they liked that I was doing it for me. I didn’t hear anything until 4 days before the first semi final when they emailed to grant press access and then it was a rush to book flights and hotel.

What are you looking to work on next? 

Now I’m looking for an agent.  I find that I’m quoting on lots of jobs but losing out to photographers with agents. The quoting and usage process is a minefield which an agent would be massively helpful as with exposure and self promotion.  I enter competitions and see art buyers and art directors with my folio but that extra exposure would be good. I think an agent gives an ad agency or client confidence in the whole shoot process, even if we all use the same production companies, casting directors, stylists, make up artists etc etc etc.

For my next personal project I’m continuing on the weird and extreme sports of the world.  Calcio Storico was the beginning and it was such an experience. High pressure, spontaneous, chaotic but at the same time keeping yourself composed and thinking of the big picture and how each image will work in the project.  With no art direction and no sports choreography you’ve really got to nail it first time as there’s no repeats of any actions. It makes the commissioned work a little easier.

 

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