Posted 13 July 2006 - 09:05 AM
I only did location scouting twice and took with me a checklist I got from a book and it helped me okay.
Space Adequate for shooting
Space to move the Camera and space for laying tracks
Natural Light and places to hide the lights
Quiet enough for shooting or not
Basic facilities like parking,bathrooms etc.
I heard that Spielberg shot Munich only in three locations and he used a single location for different locations in the movie just by changing the colors......true????
Please post your tips as to how we can make more creative decisions and what to look for in locations with respect to blocking. As most of you have worked in feature films, you should be having a lot of ideas you got from professional experience.
Posted 13 July 2006 - 11:29 AM
The key with locations is to get the director to think what it will look like through a lens on a typical set-up. Often a director falls in love with a place with an interesting floor and ceiling, but those might only be seen in a few shots compared to the walls and windows.
Also, you have to weigh the difficulty of the location, how far it is to drive to or haul equipment to, with what you're getting out of it. There may be something similar that is closer and easier to shoot.
There is also a "gut feeling" issue -- sometimes a director and DP look at a location and it's "well, it's OK but it doesn't excite me". That may be fine for a throwaway scene, but otherwise, you may want to insist that the location scout keep looking. When I see a location, I hope that some element will excite me visually about it, some detail that I can use that makes it worth coming to this location.
Posted 13 July 2006 - 12:49 PM
Posted 13 July 2006 - 01:06 PM
On the other hand... you don't want the primary reason for picking a location to be convenience over the visual qualities it gives you. Sometimes they give you a location that is "perfect" -- i.e. perfect for every department but sucks visually and doesn't really tell the story. At that point, I'd rather settle for being a little inconvenienced if what goes on film (or tape, whatever) is more exciting, within reason (you don't want a location that will make it impossible to make your day.)
You also have to consider the sound problems, especially if the sound recordist isn't there on the scout and the scenes are dialogue intensive.