Location Scouting

Yesterday Jack and I went out for a chilly morning of bird watching at Montrose Beach. With the wind blustering and the waves churning, we unloaded the camera to try and capture a bird (most likely a seagull) on film for our upcoming piece for the IWPA.

It was so cold that I was tearing up the whole time. With a little luck and a frozen eyeball, I was able to get the shot you see in the picture and can be seen in the video below.

After, we walked through the bird sanctuary and picked out some spots for the rest of the shoot. Though it was cold, it was an absolute beautiful day at a beautiful location. It reiterates why it’s important to go out and do location scouting before coming to shoot. Sounds like a no brainer, but sometimes you feel like you know where it is and that should be enough. However, after walking though the sanctuary we found spots we didn’t know about, and ideas we otherwise wouldn’t have thought about.

A location can make or break a film. If it’s too conventional or convenient, you may not get creative enough with your shot selection. If it’s not captivating on its own, it puts a lot of pressure on the creatives to make it so. Basically, your location is another character in the film. So, go out and find the right one, and have a few rehearsals with it.

It’s always worth it.