You’ve watched enough television and seen loads of movies and instead of watching the actors you’re mesmerized by the locations the filmmakers have used and can visualize your house up there on the screen. Renting your house as a set isn’t as complicated as you may think, and it doesn’t require your home to be palatial or even professionally decorated. Everything from inner-city apartments to vast ranches have made movie debuts so your middle-of-the-road house qualifies as easily as the mansion in the countryside. All it takes is marketing, perseverance and some knowledge of the industry to make your house a star.
What you need to know:
1.Register your home with a reputable location agency, such as Film Locations or Shoot Factory.
2.Insist that the film company leaves your property as they found it – a standard stipulation in location contracts. Some film-makers will paint entire rooms a different colour and back again in a day.
3.Don’t imagine yourself having long chats with Jennifer Lopez or Daniel Craig between takes. It won’t happen – they will probably be too busy.
4.Remember that you will need to pay tax on any income.
5.Check your insurers will cover you for any incidental damage to your property. The film company will have public liability insurance.
6.Don’t forget that a two-minute scene shot in your house could end up on the cutting-room floor. But hey – that’s showbusiness.