In the past the cheapest option for filmmakers seeking locations for filming was to employ a location agency that represented those locations. However, as location agencies charge “booking fees” which can be as high as 30% of the total fee paid, this meant home owners were effectively charged twice, once by the agency and once when they paid taxes on the remaining income from renting their home. —
However, for the last three years the MyYour film location library has been trialling a unique, new, online location directory platform in the UK, which will benefit both owners and filmmakers and radically change location sourcing.
The MyYour directory simplifies the film location search and negotiations process for both filmmakers and location house owners. In essence this online locations marketplace is similar to other large location agency websites as it offers free location searches to filmmakers and photography professionals.
However by enabling registered location professionals to contact property owners directly, the MyYour platform replaces the services usually offered by location agencies. As a result the negotiation process has become faster and, with the absence of location agency fees, much cheaper for anyone seeking to hire filming locations.
An added bonus for filmmakers is that this directory also shows film action vehicles available for hire, so it will now be possible to source local vehicles for filming, thereby reducing transport costs usually associated with hiring these vehicles.
Since launching, MyYour has seen substantial growth in its user base as well as the number of shoot locations promoted on the site. As a result MyYour decided to upgrade their proprietary locations search and make this platform available in the USA.
Josh Jones, Founder and Managing Director of MyYour said:
“Our primary goal has always been to reduce the costs associated with location hire by offering an alternative to the traditional location sourcing services. MyYour is a platform that does exactly that, and enables anyone, anywhere to easily access the lucrative film location market and make money from their homes or even vehicles."
How MyYour Works
Upon registering an account, location house owners are able to create pages on the MyYour website to show images and descriptions of their location properties. These houses or action vehicles are then actively promoted by MyYour’s team of marketing experts to film and TV companies searching for locations and vehicles.
Owners of location houses or vehicles are contacted directly by any interested companies and both parties negotiate fees directly. All fees agreed upon by both parties and are paid to the owner before any filming takes place.
Filmmakers and producers are able to search for locations and see the results for free.
Upon registering a free account filmmakers and photography professionals can contact the registered owners of any location directly to arrange shoot dates and negotiate fees. Not needing to communicate via a location agency saves time, and reduces overall costs.
MyYour is an online location directory that serves as a platform to advertise and market locations and vehicles to media professionals seeking filming locations and action vehicles. MyYour has a rapidly growing member base. To date, there are over 7000 members, made up of both people listing, and searching the site to find locations. The online library showcases c.800 locations from grand country houses to gritty urban warehouses. MyYour was founded in 2013 as part of jj Locations, a leading location agency based in London.
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