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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Location Scouting

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Location scouting is more of an art than a science. To be able to interpret the director’s desired vision and find a location that properly communicates the story is a difficult skill. It’s simple enough to pick a place and declare “I want to shoot there!” It’s much harder to take into account whether it’s practical to obtain permission for shooting, where lighting and camera equipment can be placed, how expensive it will be to rent the location, and so on.

By first learning the logistics of scouting, you can spend more time being creative in thinking of places and areas that might photograph well. At the end of ...

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