Filmmaking / Directing : When you have to cheat your locations... by Lamont Bellsarios

Lamont Bellsarios

When you have to cheat your locations...

So I've been going over a screenplay I'm developing, going over it with a fine toothed comb to be precise, and I am making a "worst case scenario" type of plan based on some of the scenes we may have to cheat around due to more constraints than just budget. One of the issues, as it were, is that the film itself has to have a large scale international feel to it in certain spots and if it isn't practical to film outside of our central location, we may have to go the stock footage/interior set route. My issue is, I've seen this kind of thing done so seamlessly well in some films, i.e. The Wolf of Wall Street, but done so horrendously, i.e. every single film I've ever seen where it's supposed to take place in NYC and it is abundantly obvious that it's Toronto or Vancouver. I don't want to make that mistake, so I'm curious as to how many of you out there have had experience on indie films where it was done well on a smaller budget?

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Lamont, I've found an invaluable and cost-effective resource recently - pond5. They also own the public domain project, which has great footage, as well, and, soon they will be launching more stock footage that will have city backdrops from all over the world in March.

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