A lot of people amateurs or trying to be professional filmmakers think that you can pick up a camera and go out and shoot. Yes, you can! But to shoot in a more controlled environment is another task. Having location managers on board will help your production be even more successful. They aren’t really part of the creative process. You ask them what you need and they look for the locations for you and do their best to negotiate and secure it with permits.
Do you know that obtaining a permit is a pain? Well, if you don’t know which many amateurs don’t understand, you need insurance before you can have a permit. If you’re producing the film, music video, commercial, or whatever you are shooting, an insurance under your name or your company name (recommended) needs to be in placed prior to asking the city for a permit. You will then need to have workers compensation in there as well which is another costly option. Liability insurance all varies and obtaining something that is of 1 million and up is strongly advised.
So when you see why a location manager can charge up to $1000 a day, it’s not just they are looking for the location, but they have to work their magic on securing the location and ensuring that they reach their deadline. If those locations are not set in place, there’s no film to be made that day. Everything you’ve scheduled from actors, crew, and etc will need to be pushed back.
Note: Kvibe Productions is from NJ, but we serve clients anywhere in the US and overseas.