How To Successfully Scout For Film & TV
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Tim Moshansky

Webinar hosted by: Tim Moshansky

Film and TV Location Scout at Director's Guild of Canada - BC

Tim Moshansky has been a Location Scout since 1995 in Vancouver, BC, aka “Hollywood North.” He has worked on hundreds of productions and scouted everything from the tops of mountains and luxury homes and penthouses to tunnels, alleys, cityscapes, towns, streets, roads – you name it. Tim has worked on films such as The Revenant, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Alcatraz, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Fifty Shades of Grey. Tim is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and is the author of the bestselling book, A to Z Guide to Film Terms, which has sold over 25,000 copies to date and is considered the “bible” of the industry. For more information on Tim, visit his homepage here. Some of Tim’s credits on his IMDB page. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Tim Moshansky, a 20 year location scout who has worked on hundreds of films and TV shows including The Revenant, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem!

There are two things that a production starts doing as soon as they have the “green light” - casting for actors and scouting for locations. In a way, a location scout is like a casting director for locations.

Unless a film is shot entirely in a studio with sets or green screen, locations are integral to how the film will look. Anyone can become a location scout, but to become a GREAT scout that people call again and again takes a keen eye, good people and photography skills, and on-the-ground experience.

In this webinar Tim Moshansky will guide you through the entire process of scouting - from the moment you get the script or storyboards, to when they call “Action!” on set. Tim will offer you tips and insights from his nearly 20 years of scouting experience.

Whether you are someone considering a career as a scout, or a filmmaker looking for ways to increase your production value and anticipate potential location problems, this is the webinar that will help you learn the basics about scouting.

This webinar includes FREE bonus materials for download!:

  • Locations Release
  • Location Agreement
  • Location Breakdown
  • Script Breakdown

What You'll Learn

  • “Who’s Your Boss?” - Getting the call from a Location Manager, Production Manager or Producer to begin Scouting.
  • The Assignment - What Locations are they looking for? When does it shoot? What is the Story Line? How much Prep Time do they have?
  • Equipment Needed - An overview of Cameras, Tripods, Laptops, Apps, Websites and more
  • Skill set required of a Scout
  • How to break down a script
  • How to do your homework before “hitting the pavement”
  • Architectural Styles
  • Use your “Spidey Senses” - Why Internet Research and Google Street View can be helpful but not enough.
  • The Cold Call: Knocking on the door and the first things to say to a homeowner
  • Getting Permission from Property Owners
  • Working with and getting help from Local Film Commissions
  • Understanding Municipal and Federal Laws and Permits
  • Photography Tips and How To Present Photos of a Location
  • How hiring an experienced Scout is worth every penny to a filmmaker
  • Working with Directors and Producers
  • Production Designers - Keeping them happy and finding out what they need
  • The differences between Commercials, TV movies, TV Series and Feature Films
  • Big Budget to No Budget – Challenges and approaches to each
  • Director Scouts and Tech Surveys
  • Saving money and gaining Production Value by using Local Scouts
  • Get to Know your local area landmarks and “go to” locations, i.e. -“The Usual Suspects”
  • Deal Memos, Daily Rates, Expenses and Getting Paid – What to do before you start to make sure you don’t get screwed.
  • Terminology of Scouting and Film Production
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door – how to become a Scout even if you’ve never done it before
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A session with Tim!

About Your Instructor

Tim Moshansky has been a Location Scout since 1995 in Vancouver, BC, aka “Hollywood North.” He has worked on hundreds of productions and scouted everything from the tops of mountains and luxury homes and penthouses to tunnels, alleys, cityscapes, towns, streets, roads – you name it. Tim has worked on films such as The Revenant, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Alcatraz, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Fifty Shades of Grey. Tim is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and is the author of the bestselling book, A to Z Guide to Film Terms, which has sold over 25,000 copies to date and is considered the “bible” of the industry.

For more information on Tim, visit his homepage here.

Some of Tim’s credits on his IMDB page.

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