How To Get Your Home or Apartment in a photo shoot and get paid for it.
Do you know you can get your home or apartment in a photo shoot and get paid in the process? Yes,if your apartment has a beautiful view of a breath taking scenery, and decorated to taste,fit for those pre Madonna’s or Don Wang out there, then you have a chance of cashing in on when featured in a movie shoot. So, if you want your apartment to be filmed in a reality show or television advertisement shoot you can make it a reality once you know how.
How it works is that the manager working on the piece for beginning to end makes arrangements for picture taking, insurance, and permits; or,a pre-production person goes on a search for particular locations. While there he or she assembles information and takes pictures. in some cases, one person carries out the task of managing and SCOUTING based on the project. There are also cases where these services are left to an agency that gets paid for the service, while managers and others scouting the area do not.
But,you don’t have to wait around for a Manager or Pre-production person to come looking to select your apartment. You can get the ball rolling instead of waiting for your apartment to be discovered. You see, there are various ways you can get a location manager or movie scout to select your apartment for the next big shoot. Bear in mind though, that location agencies incur a fee while managers and scouts do not.
Katherine Oliver,the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Media and Entertainment Office states,”Last year,188 feature films were shot on location here” and we are “home to 23 prime-time TV series”. This doesn’t even include television commercials,runway fashion shoots,and music. So here you have it,an opportunity for your apartment to be a location shoot and capitalize on it in the process.
Okay, so you want to put your apartment up for on location filming, there are advantages and disadvantages.
So How Much Do You Get Paid
The payment for an apartment in a location shoot varies. There is no set amount and through negotiating an amount is agreed upon. This amount relies on the duration of the shoot while the apartment will be in use and also the budget constraints of the entire project. So, if you are looking to get rich over night from parlaying your apartment, don’t quit your day job cause its not gonna happen. Sure, sometimes you stand to rake in a nice junk of change but, don’t bank on getting rich quick. An old friend in the shoot on location business said that major films usually shell out around $2,500 to $5,000 on a daily basis while others may sometime pay $500 flat. Take for example a Harlem resident Mike, who was paid $250 for use of his two bed room condo during a fashion shoot.
Will the Neighbors Be Supportive?
People living in the immediate area have to be willing to put up with the hustle and bustle of their not so busy neighborhood as lots of people are involved and there is an abundance of work. Also, there is the likelihood of making changes in the shoot when necessary so the corporation of tenants in the building, Landlords,building managers ,Supervisors,and people in the neighborhood are greatly needed.
The downside is you will have strangers coming and going in your home or apartment and it could be a large group as a crew on a movie set usually amounts to about eighty people, unlike a group shooting for a commercial which is usually much fewer people maybe about four or five . Regardless, you have to be prepared for the slight chance that this may cause uproar within the immediate community; you may have to adjust your day to day schedule and things in the apartment may get destroyed or experience wear and tear.
Advantages of putting your home or apartment in a photo shoot
Your apartment and the building itself stand to profit in many ways. For example, you get to experience firsthand a movie shoot up close, interact with people involved and there’s a fee coming to you.
So How Do Scotts and Managers Make their Selections
In the early movie planning stage, people assigned to jobs of location Managers co-laborate with Directors and Designers to locate ideal places that complements writers and directors vision. The website, siteview is interested in apartments with kitchens and rooms fashioned or tracing back to mid-evil times with details and design intact. Location selection personnel are especially interested in ceilings with details.
Locating scouts Service Locators or Managers.
If you are interested in having your apartment or building in a location shoot these few links will assist you.
- ProductionHub.com -This website provides a listing of Professional location
- ALSAM.com- An online Association of Managers and Location Scouts with links to information of forty members.
- Nyc.gov/mome- Mayors office of media and Entertainment site provides links to real estate agencies equipped with location directory services. In addition, anyone can list his or her apartment on Mayors office of media and Entertainment site.
- NewYork411.com – online database of location photo libraries,location managers and scouts.
- NYPG.com- Clicking the link “Location Finders” will provide the city’s Production guide.
So, if your apartment has historic details intact or if you think its ideal for films then, consider checking the above links. Bear in mind, that production teams are captivated and impressed with molded ceilings,fireplaces, floors with details or patterns,and doors that open between rooms to film without any hassles.