All Homes Tell a Story!

You may look at magazines or watch TV and think, “my house isn’t nice enough to be used for shooting!” When you think of houses in films or TV or on the billboards as you drive to work, you imagine immaculate pearly-white show-homes, multimillion-dollar mansions, or flashy apartments with designer furniture and a sweeping city view.

You are only somewhat right, though. If a company wants the audience to associate a product or service or the target demographic’s “perfect” life, then they might choose a “perfect” family home or designer homestead. "If you own this car or a house like this," it tells you, "you'll have a life as perfect as this family does!" 

Other advertisements and shoots have different needs in a location. Some shoots are searching for places that are quirky, retro, or eye-catching. Other people are scouting for a location based on functionality and the specific needs of the shoot. In some cases, shoots want places that feel real and lived in. They’re not searching for the perfect house. Furthermore, some shoots actually want worn-down and dilapidated places. 

Let’s take a look at two examples to show the variety of needs a professional might have:

Alison is a photographer who wants to shoot in a kitchen. She is searching for a location that is unique and has an interesting history she could capture in her photographs. She also wants a more natural setting. For her,  his means, well-worn wood, repurposed materials and older appliances and furniture. A place like this would be ideal for her. 

A producer, Brad, meanwhile, is looking for a kitchen for an advertisement that features a middle-class family with three kids. He wants a well-used family kitchen that is big enough for a shoot. This kitchen is the type he might be searching for. 

So, whether you live in a small apartment, a townhouse, or a three-story waterfront property, your place is worth listing on a site like Skoutli. The needs of every shoot are different, and that makes every place important.  There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain. 

Great stories need real places to inhabit. And that place might just be yours.