Filmmaking / Directing : Locations - Cemetery by Randa Karambelas

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Randa Karambelas

Locations - Cemetery

Hey Guys - Have any of you ever filmed in a Cemetery? Any tips about going about this? I feel like it is a sensitive location, but it is key to my script, practically another character in the story. Someone once told me, if you shoot in a Cemetery where a relative is buried, they can't turn you down because your family "owns property there". Not sure if that is true. Any advice? Tips?!?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Is it a comedy?

Randa Karambelas

LOL - No. It is not.

Don Schaffer

I doubt those below your feet will mind too much, but every cemetery has its own rules. Beyond the quick run-n-gun shot, it's often best to contact the management and see what you can and cannot do. In the past, they generally gave us certain times and specific locations (generally away from new graves and from where funerals would be held), and they even gave us specific requests on names not to include in our shots. Expect to pay some sort of a rental fee if you need to setup your own funeral scene or use an open plot. Location effects... I doubt you'll get too much leeway there without creating your own location. Consider going a little outside the city to see what you can find, too. Sometimes these groups could be more hospitable, since they aren't getting requests every day to shoot video.

Michael Wearing

All locations are sensitive and need to be respected. Cemeteries are no different, speak to the owners, tell them exactly what you want to do, and they will either say yes or no.. If because of the nature of the script you are struggling to find a suitable location. Then you either create the location or rewrite it out.

Michael Wearing

A quick google brought up this film friendly cemetery in New York. http://www.allfaithscemetery.org/home.htm. I'm sure there are many more....

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Is it a mystery?

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