Register your Property & Film Location
Thank you for looking at our location agency website. SHOOTFACTORY is London's busiest location agency and is extremely well respected by the industry in the UK and overseas. Our location owners claim we are the best agency and the most diligent. Although a cliche, we respect the fact that we have two important clients; the brand and the property owner. Both are equally as important and our customer service to both is unparalleled.
If YOU are a location owner, YOU can register your property free of charge to be considered as a location for commercial hire. YOU will notice that all of our locations have names, the town/city in which they are located, followed by the first part of the postcode. This helps our clients work out the area in which the property is located but for security not the street or exact location.
A few key requirements for any location is that it has good-sized rooms, large enough to comfortably fit a photographic crew of around 10 - 15 people. Good natural light is a bonus and some unique and interesting features make for the perfect location. Furthermore, the décor, style of property and furniture adds to the attraction. Browse through our location library to get an idea of the range of locations we represent.
If you think that your property would be suitable as a film or photographic location then email a good selection of images with a brief description and we'll get back to you to run through the process further.
Our most frequently-used filming locations are those in and around the M25 as that is where 80% of UK production companies are based - but it is true to say that if a location is right for the production then the team is happy to travel further.
For a film shoot your location will need to be large enough to accommodate crew, cast and equipment (and that's behind the scene shot). Stills shoots, however, can be done in smaller locations, the main difference is the size of the team, the equipment they bring and also the hours they need; oh and the money, films pay more than a photo shoot.
Productions will almost always need to park at least a generator directly outside the location, and will also need easy access for equipment. Other than that, they can usually find a location near by to house the team, trucks, catering, etc.
What happens next?
We review registrations each week and will contact you as soon as we have done so, either to ask more questions or sadly to say no at this moment based on different factors.
Please do not be offended if we decline your location - we often turn down beautiful properties because they are not in the right area (most filming is conducted within 50 miles of London), they are too small, or simply they are too similar to other properties that we already have on website.
If we do want to represent your property then we will send you our terms and conditions for signing and returning to us. This sets out what we will do for you (display your location on our website, negotiate fees and contracts), what we will charge (commission based on your overall location fee), and how and when you will be paid. In addition we, ask you to complete a directions document, which is used by us and given to clients to find your location.
Once we have received this back then your location will go live on our website and will be available for viewing.
The more photos we have of your property, the better! We can always select the ones we love but you should remember that the photos that we have in the library are there to effectively sell and promote your property as a location. For houses / apartments please send us as many as you have of each room.
Well composed and well exposed photos really help. There are a few key rules that can help you here:
1: Wherever possible please don’t use flash. If you can, set your camera to low light / high ISO rating so that it makes the most of the available light. Even on a bright day, turning some or all of the lights in a room on can really help add a little extra to a photo and make the room look warmer and more welcoming. If possible use a tripod or monopod to keep the camera as steady as possible.
2: Most interiors generally look best when photographed with the camera level and at the mid-height of the room – i.e. if your room is 10 ft high then the camera should ideally be 5 ft off the ground. Keeping it level stops the vertical lines of your room from distorting.
3: With interiors bright sunny days are not always the best time to photograph your property – quite often a flat grey day will work just as well if not better, trust us.
4: Don’t use super-wide angle lenses – these can give a distorted view of a room and often misleading.
5: Most of the photos that we use on the website are landscape format (i.e. the longest side of the photo is along the bottom – just as they would be with the camera held horizontally rather than tipped on its side.) Feel free to send us portrait format shots too if you think that they help tell the story but remember that they won't end up on the website and that the key shots need to be landscape format.
Digital - The technical information...
We can only accept digital images, If you are sending us digital shots they don’t need to be huge files, however, we can re-size the images.
Which views to photograph:
The key shots are from each corner of the room – these show as much of the rooms as possible. Then also take shots of any features (fireplaces, views from windows, interesting items of furniture etc.). Particularly with fireplaces and windows these shots generally look best when shot straight on and fairly symmetrically. Always remember that our clients will want to be able to see as much as possible of a location so the better your photos tell the story or both the layout and the character of your property the better chance you have of it being chosen.
Our commitment to safeguarding the security of our location owners is very important.
Photographs of your property, and your details, are held securely within our server in the UK. The photographs are stored in our location library and your details are held in our computer database, which is password protected, and inaccessible to the public. Your security is important to us: we will NEVER give out your personal details to any client without your express permission, and without us establishing the authenticity of the enquiry.
The location images are accompanied by the minimum that is needed to make decisions: we use minimal geography such as the county or city area. It is not possible for any member of the public to work out exactly where you are.
When your property is under consideration by a photographer or production company, we will, with your permission, give out your address and arrange a recce. Even then you may opt for anonymity and all negotiations will be handled directly by us.
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