Tech Scouting

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHILE TECH SCOUTING

After you have determined that the location you are surveying has the right visual look for your film, story, and characters, consider the following variables:  

Consider these questions:

  • Are there ample trashcans available?
  • Where can you stage the production truck?
    • Will it fit on the street?
    • Do you have permission to park the truck at your location?
    • How far will you have carry the gear?
    • Where will you stage your gear?
    • Will you have to work off the truck?
  • How many cast/crew do you have permitted to park at the location
  • Is the location on the second floor?
    • Do you have enough grips to carry gear upstairs?
  • Will you need walkie talkies?
  • Where will you stage the generator? Is it out of range of your boom mic?
  • Where will you stage your cast?
    • Where is your cast holding area and where will they change clothes/run lines?
    • Do you have minors and a studio teacher? Where will they hold class?
  • Does the location have heat/AC?
  • Are there sprinklers? Are they on a timer? Will they turn on during your shoot and soak your crew and food?
  • Where are the emergency doors?

Consider going to your location at the exact time of day you’ll be shooting. Observe the light, traffic, sounds, and environment. Maybe you’ll notice a dealbreaker that makes you consider another location.

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