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Listing Your Home: What Happens Next?

After we take the pictures of your home, we add them to our Location Library at scoutsource.com. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU FOR THIS SERVICE. Your home is never identified by name or address, but by a code which we use in all our transactions. The entire process of choosing a home from the initial scouting to the actual filming usually takes ten days to two weeks.

Location scouts, photographers, producers and directors look at our site when they need a home for a commercial or still shoot. (Sometimes, instead of looking at the photos themselves, they describe what they need to us.) We make a list of ten to twenty homes which fit their specifications and submit them for the job.

We then call you to see if you are interested, and to make an appointment for a scout to come over and shoot your house. This happens for each and every job. Although our pictures of your house are on our site, the scout must re-shoot it for the particular angles he needs. It is important that you be available and flexible to show the house, as most appointments are made in the morning for a visit on the same day. If this kind of schedule is not workable for you, then listing your house probably wouldn’t work.

The scout shows his pictures to the director and producer and sometimes they will come out for a second scout to see the house in person. It is after this that a decision is usually made to choose a house as the location for the job.

A few days before the actual commercial there will be a tech scout, during which the principals for the job (director, producer, location manager, art director, director of photography – about twelve to fifteen people) come out to set up the actual shots. This usually takes a couple of hours. They also decide where the crew will eat, where they will set up their production office, where they will put hair and make-up and talent, and so forth. Even if the commercial is set in the living room, expect to have every room in your house used.

On the shoot day, the crew arrives at the time approved by your town. A usual crew for a filmed commercial ranges in size from 30 to 75 people, with several large equipment trucks, generators, and plenty of cars. A print shoot is much smaller, with an average crew of 15 or 20, one big truck or motor home (if that), and a few cars. A shoot day is usually booked for ten to twelve hours, and most go into overtime after that.

Of course, the Scout Source will there to hold your hand every step of the way.

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