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Location Scouting Can Be a Challenge

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I plan to shoot a short film this coming Summer and I’m in the process of assembling a cast and crew, getting all the props, scheduling time to shoot and, of course, finding locations. One of the locations needed is a counter in a gun shop. We only need one setup there…just three shots.

I started looking for gun shops in the area and have found several. One of them actually has a picture of their counter and it looked perfect. So, I sent an email to the owner…

“Hello-

I am producing a short film to be shot this summer and I need a gun shop as a location. I am working without a budget so I would not be able to pay you, but I would give your shop credit in the film and on the website promoting it. We would only need your shop for a half day and would only need to shoot the area with the counter shown in the photo on your website.

Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in. The shoot day is open for discussion, but I think a Sunday would be perfect and that would not interfere with your business since you are closed on Sundays.

I can send you a copy of the script if you are interested.

Thanks,

Mike”

To the owner’s credit, he responded quickly. Unfortunately, this was his response…

“I am not interested at any price.”

This location scouting thing could be tougher than I thought.

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