Although a photoshoot location outside of a London studio might be a welcome change on the day, it can be an arduous mountain climb to organise before the day. That’s especially when a producer must start from scratch in finding the ideal location, having no obvious “dial a friend” connections in place.
The Challenge of a Shoot Location outside Central London
That’s where I come in. Especially if you are looking for a natural farm or countryside photoshoot location as near to London as possible. My job is to make life easy for production to source their perfect outdoor location in the countryside. In the main, when the organiser comes across me, they are super relieved. “I didn’t know where to start. Thank goodness for you”. China Hill, in-house producer for Monsoon had the huge task this year to organise her A/W19 Kids shoot without a production company. The brief was a pretty farm and barns. Where would she start, with so little time? Once China found Farm Locations (through trusty Google), I could respond with a handful of ideas. The choice was good, the service efficient. Monsoon had no need to look elsewhere and the mammoth task of arranging 2 day shoot, with 25 kids and animals (the worse combination?!) on a working farm in Kent, went smoothly from there.
Work with a locations agency for farms near London
Here at Farm Locations, we offer plenty of choice of farms near London and if the perfect farm is not already on the books, we do our best to source an alternative for you. As a location agency close to London, specialising only in farms, we have plenty of connections and “dial a friends” to call upon.
Often film locations need to be close to the film studios of London. Budget and logistics restrictions mean for as easy a drive away from their London studio as possible. The Farm Locations portfolio is growing, especially the filming locations for hire close to London. Our origins are farms in Kent and farms in Sussex, however farms around the M25 corridor are growing in number too.
Making life easier for location hire in the great outdoors
When organising a shoot location outside of a location house or studio in London, producers have so much more to arrange. Not just the biggies, including equipment hire, travel and catering but also the unknown undertaking of a farm location not used before. Will the owner be friendly? How do we include animals? Where do we source a vintage tractor? Where do we base the talent and crew? What if it rains? Work with me (Jo) and my aim is to put your mind at rest and take the pain away from the organisation. I have strong relationships with all landowners and all are film-friendly. If the farm itself does not have what you need, the owner or I will use our contacts to try and help you, be that from sourcing 100 bales of hay or a very friendly chicken. For every shoot location we have catering recommendations for you – sometimes the owner is a caterer, sometimes it’s an external caterer, or if you’d like the name of the local deli, we will have it too.
Fashion photoshoot locations for London
About half of all shoots on our farms are for stills photography, with fashion photo shoots just outside London being the most popular. Typically a crew of 10-20 need a farm close to London which they can hire for the day. They want to arrive by 9am and return to London not too late that night. The fashion shoot producer often does not have the time or budget to recce so relies on my knowledge and building a strong understanding between us both. It works. As a location library with plenty of countryside photography locations on our books, all within maximum 2 hours from London, fashion photoshoots on our farms are a regular feature. Brands include Ted Baker, The Little White Company, Monsoon and Carhartt. Publications include Harpers Bazaar, Harrods Magazine, Tatler, Vogue, Prima and Perfect Bound.
TV Locations for London
When Channel 4 need to film some quick transitional shots for a new drag queen show, or when The Grand Tour need to take over a farm for 10 days to film incredible stunts, we at Farm Locations are used to taking on both big and small TV and filming locations projects.
We often are the answer to some very precise briefs requiring hard-to-find solutions. Take ITV’s The Liar looking for a hunting lodge in the woods, or Channel 5’s, Celebs on the Farm seeking a farm that could entertain 10 celebrities all day long. And then we had Sky looking for a remote but accessible field where a full-blown traveller campsite could be created and pyrotechnics take force.
No brief is too big a challenge. We work attentively with the location manager, producer, film-maker and landowner, and we find a solution that makes filming on location outside London not too painful a task.
Please get in touch and let’s help you with your next location hire brief that needs to be close to London and go with ease.