Sunday, September 30, 2007

Location Scouting - Be Prepared!

As you may or may not know, our last attempt at filming the golf sequence didn't exacty pan out. In a nutshell, all eggs were placed in one basket and the shoot was planned around a location, sight unseen. After checking out the site, it was clear that another location was needed ASAP! The leson learned: Get the locations first, then plan the shoots. So, what is the best way to select locations for a video shoot? That is a very good question. I've given it some thought, and here's what I've come up with:

1) Don't limit your choices to one location. Have several, just in case one location doesn't work out.
2) Get photos in advance. Don't go to a location without knowing what it looks like well in advance. This will save
time, money and dissappointment.
3) Get permission to scout and possibly film at the location; and make sure the powers-that-be at each site are
comfortable with the idea of a production.

Today I scouted the golf and horseback riding locations. 170 miles later, I'm extremely happy with all of the locations that were inspected.


Following the golf course inspections, we travelled to Alpine, Utah. The horseback riding sequence requires a beautiful backdrop, and I think we found just that.


Lambert Park has great road access, which will allow for some interesting and (hopefully) dynamic tracking shots with the talent (horse and human). The golf shoot will take place next Thursday and horseback riding will follow on Saturday. Sunday, we shoot kayaking near Brighton Ski Resort. I'll update the blog as the shooting dates draw closer.

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