HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Register your location on our online database by using the button at the bottom of this page and allow 72 hours for it to post to our system. It is free and easy.
You will be asked for photos, a description and contact information.
Please read the instructions below and keep in mind that not all properties will be listed with our office.
A picture is worth a thousand words!
- Take photos of your location with good lighting using a quality digital camera. Use high resolution photos so a production company can get a clear idea of what it looks like on camera.
- Begin with the outside of your property. Take a wide shot of your street, making sure the property is included in the picture. Take a wide shot of the back and front of the property.
- Take photos of all rooms or spaces that you would allow being used for filming (do not add photos of rooms that are off limits). One shot per view is sufficient.
- Include special or unique features of your property, such as a barn, swimming pool, guest house, etc.
- Photos should be in JPEG format, medium resolution, and not exceed 500KB per photo.
- Collectively, your Digital Photo File should not exceed 8MB (8-12 photos per property are preferred).
- Include the name of the photographer who took the photos.
The more details the better.
What year was your property built or remodeled? What is the square footage/specs of the buildings and number of acres? Is there anything nearby like an airport, highway or railroad tracks that could cause uncontrollable noise? How close to a hardware store or town? Is there sufficient parking and access for large vehicles on or near the property? Is there a time of year that is off limits? Which types of projects are you willing to allow (film and television projects can have a crew of 100-200 people, whereas smaller productions such as commercials usually have 30-40)?
Be sure they can reach you.
Your contact info will not appear on the web page. When a production calls our office to inquire about your listing we will provide your contact info at that time. Please provide your full name, the address of your property, your contact information and verify property ownership.
What Happens if I am Notified by a Production?
- You will most likely be contacted by a locations manager hired by a production. He or she may schedule a visit to take more photos. You may call our office at 225-382-3562 to check the credentials of the scout and/or project.
- Others from the production, such as the producer, director, director of photography and production designer, may want to see the property.
- If your property is selected for the production, the following items will need to be discussed:
- Availability: dates, times, number of prep, shoot and wrap days (Flexibility is key! Schedules often change at the last minute).
- Location Fee: The rate you will be compensated for use of your property (Rates vary from one production to the next. This will be negotiated with the locations manager).
- Requests: Productions may ask to make changes at your property, a room painted or a painting taken down (This is your opportunity to grant their request or refuse and they need you to be honest).
- All negotiations for filming use, rates and so forth will be between the production company and the property owner, not the Baton Rouge Film Commission.
What do I need to do?
- You will need to sign a location agreement prepared by the locations manager.
- You may need to provide a key to your property if you will not be present to meet crew coming to prepare for filming either prior to the shoot day or the day of the shoot day.
- With the locations manager determine exact interiors desired for filming, where equipment and vehicles will need to be parked, and any off-limits areas specified by you, and any areas such as roof, trees, fences, windows, which need to be used or altered during filming.
- Decide which personal property of yours may be used for filming, how and where to store items not used, and who will be responsible for packing and moving.
- Set rules regarding smoking, use of washrooms, laundry, water, electricity, kitchen, protective floor covering, trash, etc.
- Some productions allow you to stay during filming, others request that you make other arrangements during filming (You are often compensated by the production for alternate accommodations. Keep in mind, pets may need to be boarded).
What does the Production Need to Do?
- The production will sign the location agreement once all is approved by both parties.
- The production will provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance.
- The locations manager will give you the schedule including dates and times for prep, shoot and wrap dates.
- After filming, the location manager will do a walk through of your property. If something at your property has been lost or damaged, please make the location manager aware as soon as possible so he can follow through with the production company to make amends.
- Establish clean-up requirements.