Location Service Companies
(From the California Film Commission website)
Location service companies will represent your property and act as an “agent.” These companies offer properties they represent to production companies for a fee. They may charge a listing fee along with taking a percentage of your location fee. A list of location service companies can be found in the many production directories (see California Film Commission). Some location service libraries may offer you the ability to post images online.
Please be advised, that if a location service company asks to represent your property for a percentage of the location fee, State law requires the company to have a real estate broker’s license. You may want to see the license to ensure that you are dealing with a reputable service or search for the company name online using the California Department of Real Estate license lookup database list. For those who live outside of California, we recommend you check with your State film Commission regarding any regulations for film location service companies.
Should you sign with a location service company? That is a decision you would have to make based on if the costs make sense for you. Location service companies provide a service, but not all companies are equal, so you would need to find the ones in your area where you fit their qualifications and compare them. If you look at the Pre-Filming Checklist, it covers what a location service company is primarily going to be doing on your behalf. Negotiating the location rental fee should begin with what the production company is offering, i.e. what is in their budget; you should expect the fee to be worth your time, effort, and any inconvenience you will have during filming. That is a number you have to decide and not a location service company.
If you feel a location service company is the best way for you to go then I would encourage you to look at several before choosing one.