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Listing your Property

In The Press

If you've made it this far, it's possible that you are looking for more information regarding listing your property for filming.  Location scouts are tasked with the difficult job to find the perfect backdrop for commercials or features.  Many times I would leave a note at your door or contact you personally to set up an appointment to photograph your property.

Winter 2008 #73

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Chicago Film Office

Questions or Comments can be directed to Richard Moskal

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, Room 108
Chicago IL 60602
Phone: 312.744.6415 
Fax: 312.744.1378

Illinois Film Office

Questions or Comments can be directed to Raul Esparza

Illinois Film Office
100 W. Randolph, 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-3600

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Things to Know...

Your Property in a Film
Points to remember when working with filmmakers
  • Ask how many days and what hours the company will be in your town/building/site, etc.

  • Find out what is being filmed.  Have them describe the scenes completely.

  • Will there be an advance group coming in to prepare the site for the film crew?

  • How many people can you expect to be involved with the production?

  • Is an assembly or staging area required for equipment or personnel?

  • Where will the production vehicles park?

  • Will an extra power source be used for lighting, or will access to an internal source be required?

  • How much additional security, police or other personnel will be required?

  • Will there be alterations to property?

  • Will any areas be closed off to the public?

  • Where will the cast and crew be fed their meals?

  • What is the best point of access for the filmmakers and their equipment?

  • It is always easier if there is only one contact person at the location and with the company.

  • How soon will things be restored if need be?

  • Make sure they return the property to its original condition.


Regarding insurance...Ask to see proof of:
  • Third party property damage

  • Personal injury/liability

  • Hold harmless agreement (will insure against any and all liability claims)

  • Comprehensive general liability


Location Agreement
  • You can put riders on the contract.  Be prepared that it may take additional approval time.

  • The agreement allows for a company to come back if necessary at a mutually agreeable time.

  • Feel free to take photos of the area to be used for filming before the company comes to use as a reference later if needed.

  • Let the company know of any restrictions at the initial meeting.


Try to be flexible with the production companies and realize that schedule changes are not uncommon.


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