Miami is more than just white sands, hot sun, concrete jungle, neon pink polos, and speed boats. Those things are cool––for sure––but Miami, like every great city, is home to diverse populations, all with their own stories. Miami is home to families going back generations and to landmarks with histories—or even ghost stories.
If you know where to look, Miami is the perfect place to tell a story, no matter how big or small. And when considering this sizzling city as the backdrop to your production, you’ll obviously need to find a great location scout in Miami.
We’ve got you covered.
Locations can make or break any film project
Regardless of the film project, scouting and securing locations is a significant part of your pre-production work. For big-budget films, the location scout is one of the first hires by a producer, and blockbuster scripts have dozens of locations. Additionally, it takes a deep understanding of filmmaking to be able to read a script and understand what the script requires of its locations. Furthermore, it takes a great eye and tons of relationships with local property owners and local governmental organizations to scout and procure these locations. The process of securing forty or fifty locations is intensive, and this is why filmmakers lean on the knowledge and experience of location scouts.
Of course, not every film project has the funds to pay for a location scout. In Miami, as with most major cities, there are a variety of resources out there to help filmmakers find and secure locations for their films.
In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about securing a location scout in Miami, as well as everything you need to know to begin securing locations yourself.
If you’re scouting locations in Miami, start with Peerspace
This is a no-brainer. Peerspace has so many unique production spaces in the Miami area, and not only does this online marketplace uncover the kinds of cool spaces that you truly can’t find anywhere else, but its self-serve platform ensures that you can scout locations yourself without having to pay a third-party.
Browse Peerspace and scroll through chic art galleries, beachy bungalows, industrial parking garages, and more — before you land on the perfect location for your shoot. Communicate directly with the space’s host to nail down the details, and get an understanding of the space’s nuances using the listing’s high-quality photos and reviews from real guests who have shot in the space before.
Peerspace empowers you to be your own location scout, making your process easier (and kinder to your production budget).
ProductionHub is a great place to look for location scouts in Miami
As always, ProductionHub is a great place to look for basically whatever and whoever you need to make a film. They’ve got a list of over 30 location scouts in Miami, as well as great leads on crews, vendors, and equipment. If you’re making a film, and need any help whatsoever, head on over to ProductionHub.
Use IMDB Pro, if you’re not already using it
Using IMDB Pro, you can get access to just about any industry professional in Miami, see what projects they’re working on, and much more. It’s $150 a year, but it’s well worth it if you’re searching for location managers in Miami or anywhere else in the world.
Social media is a valuable tool for scouting potential hires
Your own social network is often a great place to start looking for production assistance. Even if you’re just starting out in film, the odds are pretty good that you know someone who knows someone who can help you. Even if you’re not able to turn up a location scout this way in your own social circles, social media can still be an effective tool for finding a location scout in Miami.
LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram are all great resources to use for your location scout search.
With LinkedIn, you can find a vast wealth of information on potential hires’ professional histories. With Twitter you can get an idea of their personality, their thought process, even how active they are in the industry on a day-to-day basis. And with Instagram, you can sample their location tastes, as well as get an idea of how they “see” locations. You want to know you can trust their eye, because they’ve got to go out there and find a location that right now only exists in your imagination.
A few other resources for scouting locations online
Here are some websites with unique locations in and around Miami, to supplement our offering here at Peerspace:
The local Miami government film office has location listings, powered by Reel-Scout. In the film office’s location listings, you’ll see museums, little bungalows, sports fields, mansions, public high schools, private airstrips, art studios, outdoor spaces, and more.
Keep in mind that you won’t be renting directly through the Film Office. Their listings are really more like a “yellow pages for locations” than a one-stop shop. But they have all the info you need to contact the decision maker at each location. But it’ll still be up to you to inquire about their prices, or to potentially negotiate a deal on your own.
Go ahead, check them out. You’ll need to head over to the Miami Film Office’s website anyway to get the all the proper permit forms you’ll need to film.
There you go: thousands of locations and dozens of Miami location scouts for you evaluate. We think between these resources and a little old-fashioned detective work on your part, you should be able to find the locations and the production assistance you need to get your film made. And If we’re lucky enough to have you and your crew at a Peerspace, we’d love to hear from you. Simply send as a shout-out on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #MadeinPeerspace. We’ll see you around.