Your Property as a Film Location
Why List Your Home? About 70% to 80% of location filming in Southern California occurs in private residences, which means production companies are always seeking locations for their filming needs. Filming outside of the southern California area likely follows this same pattern.
Business Owners. Interested in making your location available for filming? The good news is, based on the above statistic, up to 30% of filming happens in non-residential properties and in addition to the location fee, you should expect to be compensated for lost revenue due to any filming activities.
How much can your house earn? It is about the money, right? The rule of thumb says the fee for a day of filming will be about equal to your monthly mortgage payment. However, budgets vary depending on the type of show it is and the fees offered will vary greatly, as well. The three points below are a good to keep in mind:
- What is your break-even point? The price where the inconvenience and the wear and tear on your home becomes worthwhile.
- When negotiating avoid making unrealistic demands.
- Current IRS rules allows you to rent out your house up to 14 days per year tax free. (Consult your tax professional for details.)
Remember – not every production will be a good fit for you and sometimes saying no is the right thing to do.
What Do I Need To Know? You will find many of your questions are covered in “Your Property In A Starring Role”, from the California Film Commission. Click the title link or the image to open/download the pdf file.
Regardless of the type of production using your property, your checklist is pretty simple. You want to receive the following items prior to the start of filming. As you gain experience hosting film crews you may add to this list.
- 1. The check for payment of production rental.
2. A copy of the insurance rider showing you and your property as additionally insured.
3. A signed copy of the property rental agreement.
4. Where applicable, a security deposit check.
These are all things that could be provided prior to the day of filming, though day of filming could be agreed upon, if you are okay with it. Making the rental payment too far in advance is not normal, as unforeseen events could force the company to cancel filming or possibly opt out of the agreement at the last moment. (Depending on the circumstances, a cancellation fee could be included as part of an agreement.)
Key points to consider with Film It USA:
- One-time fee of $60.00 (Regular pricing is $60 per year to list a property)
- No commissions or fees when you book a show, keep 100% of all rental fees.
- No contracts. Listing with other services is not a problem.
- FilmItUSA does not represent you or negotiate on your behalf.
- List multiple properties individually.
- Your resources are available to be viewed 24/7/365.
Think of your house as an actor. Your house needs to be seen if it’s going to land a gig and location scouts depend heavily on online listings when looking for locations. Using a location service helps tremendously and you will want one to find one that best fits your needs. There are a variety of online listing opportunities you can look into and the level of service you feel you need will be a factor in how much you might pay.
Location Services. There are a variety of services out there with cost ranging from free to pricey and there are trade-offs with any of them. For free services, check with your state and local Film commissions as they often maintain databases you can list in for free. Full service property management companies* that specialize in representing properties for filming are the most expensive, as they take a percentage of the production rental fee. In between are services like ours that maintain online databases available to location scouts and they will vary in cost and the services they provide.
*California state law requires any company taking commission fees for filming be a licensed real estate broker.
Is Hosting a Film Crew Right for You? Besides the money you need to ask yourself the following:
- Are you the kind of person who flips out if the cleaning lady moves a vase on your coffee table?
- Do you ask your friends to remove their shoes before they walk on your parquet floors?
- Does the thought of 50 to 100 strangers in your home cause you to hyperventilate?
If you are still okay, then also realize that you can have the most respectful crew in the history of Hollywood and there will still be occasional nicks and scuffs. Just expect the location manager to work with you to correct any problems.
If a production fails to address your concerns notify the film permitting authority for your area.
About Our Service.
Filmit-locations.com is our listing platform to market your home, business, and other property, for use in the making of feature films, television shows, commercials, and more. We are not a property management company and we do not represent you or negotiate on your behalf. You negotiate on your behalf and you keep 100% of your rental income. If you are signed with a location service company, consider our platform as a way to increase exposure for your property. You can list your location service company as the contact for your listing.
We are currently offering a one-time listing fee to add your property to our database. At some point we will return to our subscriber-based service model. Anyone who signs up during the one-time listing period will not be affected by the changeover.
You can see what a property listing looks like on the Filmit-locations.com website. Scroll down to the “Recent Listings” and click on any listing.
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