We’ve collated a list of frequently asked questions to give you more information from the initial registration right through to your property or business being selected for filming and the filming process itself. There’s information on security of images and registration information, how best to take photographs of your property and the legal process surrounding the hire of your property or business for filming.
If you’ve a question that’s not included, please don’t hesitate to give the team a call and we’ll be happy to help (+44(0)845 045 0608).
1. How much can I earn from hiring out my property or business?
This depends entirely on the production and the extent of the filming to be done and vary from hundreds to thousands of pounds per day. Stills photography shoots will not earn you as much, but are far less disruptive than film or TV filming
2. What can I expect from UK Locations?
Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and we pride ourselves on the first-class service we give. On your behalf we will:
- Promote your property
- Vet potential hirers
- Arrange viewings (this is also known as a recce)
- Negotiate the best hire fee
- Handle the legal contract and insurance
3. Will my personal information be secure?
Yes. No personal information is available or seen by anyone but the UK Locations team. The location library will only display a barcode ID for your property and any personal information is secured offline.
We also adhere to the Data Protection Act guidelines
4. What type of photographs should I take? What format do they need to be in?
It’s really important we get the best images of your property possible, as this is the main selling point to the photographers or production teams. Whenever possible, one of the team will visit the property in person, so that we can get a true understanding of the location, which will help us to pitch it to clients.
If we don’t get to come to your property, don’t worry – some of our cool photographer friends who know a thing or two about taking the perfect picture have compiled a list of key points you can follow. Click here to get started.
5. What happens when a production team or photographer come to visit my property to see if it’s suitable for their brief?
These visits are called ‘recces’ and usually the first recce will be the Director, Designer, Producer and Location Manager. They will look at the property and make brief notes as to its suitability and may take interior/exterior photos for reference.
6. What happens after the first recce? What are the next steps to filming?
The production company or photographer may be looking at a number of different locations, so it it can take them a day or so to make a final decision on which property to use for their project. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to let you know if they’d like to use your property, or not, on this occasion.
UK Locations will agree the best possible fee for the use of your property and confirm that you’re happy with the terms and conditions of the use of your property. We’d then issue a contract between yourself ‘the property owner’ and the production company or photographer wishing to use your property. UK Locations will ensure that the client have valid Public Liability insurance. We will issue a copy of our terms and conditions for location owners and also for production companies wishing to hire locations at this stage.
Once we’re happy that the location hire contract and insurance are in place a filming itinerary will be arranged. The film crew may need to do another recce with more of their team, including cameramen and lighting technicians. You’ll have a full itinerary of when the crew may need access to your property.
7. What should I do on the day of filming?
The film crew will have an early start on the day and the technicians will expect to be able to work in your property or business with ease. It is vital the areas being used for filming are clean, tidy and not cluttered. The crew will expect to be able to work in the property uninterrupted and will require the telephone to be unplugged and no unnecessary interference or noise.
8. What happens if something gets accidentally damaged?
The legal contract is in place to cover the location owner and the location hirer for every eventuality. The contract stipulates that your property will be returned to how it was before filming or photography and should anything get damaged it will be repaired to your satisfaction or replaced. Often with filming the crew will hire the property for the day after filming is complete to re-instate the property.