What happens on shoot day?

    You’ve uploaded your property to Connect, but what happens when your location gets chosen for filming?

    As the big day approaches, you might be wondering what to expect. Of course, each project will differ, but here are some general guidelines…

    Before the shoot day:

    The Recce

    There is usually a ‘recce’ to determine if the location is suitable. For a small scale, editorial shoot this is likely to be just one or two people checking out your property and making sure it is right for the project, this sort of recce should be free of charge.

    For larger scale projects such as TV commercials and feature films there is usually a ‘technical recce’ which can comprise twenty people, including lighting cameraman, director and technicians. It is reasonable for you to charge clients for these larger recces as they can take hours, so it’s almost like an extra day of filming.

    Alert your neighbours

    It’s a good idea to let your neighbours know when filming will be taking place. Make them aware of the scale of the project so they won’t get a shock from the numbers of trailers, trucks and people on your street…or wonder why they haven’t been invited to your party!

    On the shoot day: 

    How many people will there be? 

    This depends on the size and type of the project, which can range from small scale, student shoots to huge blockbuster movies.

    •  Student shoot. This is likely to be low impact with only a handful of people on site.
    •  Editorial shoots (this could be for magazines or newspapers and can be a portrait, fashion or even furniture shoot). You can expect roughly 10-15 people on the day (including stylists, hair/ makeup artists etc) as well as props.
    •  Music video. This could be anything from a solo artist to the London Philharmonic Orchestra!
    •  Advertising stills shoot. These sort of shoots are usually larger impact. They will have bigger budgets and involve more people than a magazine shoot.
    •  TV commercial. Be prepared for a long 16 hour day with 10-50 people. There is likely to be large lighting rigs, catering vans, camera trucks, generator vehicles etc. Often the crew is so large they will base themselves at another location called a ‘Unit Base’.
    •  TV programme. Again, this will depend on budget and the kind of scene being filmed. For large scale productions, you can expect your day to be similar to filming a TV commercial, think big vans, and lots of people. On the other hand, smaller TV programmes could involve just a few people, a couple of lights and a camera.
    •  Feature Film. The sky’s the limit! There could be 10 or maybe even 200 people if it’s a James Bond movie!

    As a golden rule, you should always ask the producer how many people there will be on the day. This will be a good indication of the impact the shoot will have on you and your home. The greater the impact, the higher the location fee.

    How long will the shoot last?

    With the exception of TV commercials and feature films which demand longer, the typical working day will be from 9-6. It is reasonable to expect payment for any overtime that may occur.

    Some feature films or TV programmes may want your property for an extended period of time. In this instance, you will be relocated for the duration of filming at the production company’s expense.

    What should you do with yourself on the day?

    In most cases, you’ll have to make yourself scarce while the team gets on with filming. Remember, they are paying for their time there and they probably don’t want to be interrupted, no matter how harmless your intentions. Nevertheless, you should be available throughout the day, either in person or by phone, to answer any queries the crew may have.

    Should I provide tea and coffee?

    It is unlikely that you’ll get a chance to show off your hosting skills on the day. For editorial and smaller impact projects, it might be nice to provide tea and coffee …but don’t expect to have to wait on them. For TV commercials and large films, catering trucks will be brought in and you shouldn’t expect them to use your kitchen facilities at all.

    Should I hide my valuables?

    Whilst we trust that our clients will act professionally during the shoots, it is common sense to leave your diamond ring and iPad out of sight while filming is underway.


    Don’t be surprised if the crew move furniture and other items for the shoot. However, they should return things to their rightful places afterwards and pay for any damage caused.

    It’s a wrap!

    Remember, film sets are exciting places to be, even more so when your home is at the centre of the action, but make sure you have talked through each aspect of the shoot with the producer prior to the day to avoid any nasty surprises.