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Locations, Locations, Locations (part 4)

September 4, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts over the weekend. We went up to Petit Jean Mountain for a very nice stay, and I’m just getting back in the swing of things.

Finishing up a series of posts about finding film locations. Here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3.

For those of you who haven’t seen “Table at Luigi’s,” here’s the trailer.

Table at Luigi’s Official Trailer from daringly Dull productions on Vimeo.

We left off still needed tables and chairs for the dining room scene in “Table at Luigi’s.” As it turns out, that was a big problem. The tables weren’t a huge deal – we talked Aramark on campus into letting us borrow some from the main dining room. It helped that our consulting chef was also the UCA executive chef, so we had some pull.

We bought a ton of red and white checked fabric and cut and hemmed tablecloths, and scoured Walmart and Hobby Lobby for stuff on sale to put on the tables. Napkins were a problem – we found ones we liked at Walmart, bought them, and went to the Walmart on the other side of town to get more. They’d had them in stock that morning when we were still deciding on the ones to get, but had sold out during the day! We put our crew (and cast…) on the hunt. FE Mosby was driving up from Louisiana to play the role of Melanie, and we had her stop at Walmarts on the way to complete our set.

Our plates and cutlery came from Chef Hall (the UCA Exec chef), who helped us out so much. Eventually we had everything the tables needed, except chairs.

We could have used chairs from the UCA dining hall, but they just looked cheap. They didn’t feel like the style of restaurant we wanted. The tables we could cover, but the chairs needed to be right.  The church we were filming at had chairs, but they were plastic and folding and also didn’t feel right.

It was two weeks until we had to film in the studio dining room, and we still didn’t have them. We got a lead on chairs that the UCA president uses for press conferences, and even found where they kept them, but we were told we couldn’t use them.

I was settling into our last-ditch idea, which was to beg and borrow a few chairs from a number of sources, and make it an eclectic group of chairs in the restaurant. I hated the idea, but I hated it less than no chairs or a complete set of bad ones.

Then, about a week before filming, finally, Kat asked “What does the Conway Symphony sit on?” As it turns out, they sit on chairs. Pretty good looking black metal ones, too. After a quick look and some polite begging, we had a restaurant, ready to eat in.

To go back to the first part of this, which was never meant to be spread across four parts, by the way, is (cut-and-paste begin) There are a number of ways to secure locations for your films, but the best tool you can use is time. What locations are you going to need? The sooner you identify them, the sooner you can start figuring it out.  I’m a big believer that there’s always a way to get what you need, you just have to figure out how (end cut-and-paste).

Someone out there has what you need to make your film, and is willing to help you. You just have to find them and help them want to help you. I’m constantly amazed how easy it is, when you approach someone and let them know how much  you appreciate them even speaking with you about helping out. We’ve had so many people help us in amazing ways.

But if we hadn’t started in February, we never would have ended up with the great location we had.

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