Here are the answers to your questions about LocationsHub.com.
What is LocationsHub?
LH.com is a global locations gallery, a marketplace bringing together those looking for locations with those who have locations for use. LocationsHub.com is also a marketplace for props, antiques cars and planes, and other unique and hard to find items. If you're looking for a location or a prop, look no further. If you have one and want it to be found, you're just minutes away from making that happen. Searching is free. Listing is nominal. Add your location to the over 1.5 million location images available today.
Where are locations needed?
The whole world is a location. Properties are needed everywhere, and all properties are fair game: your home, your second home, your ranch, your three-bedroom ranch, your business, your business condo, parks, car parks, front yards, back yards, junkyards, hotels, motels, inns, B&B's, airports, carports, boats, boat houses, bedrooms, bathrooms, sunrooms, alleys, alleyways, streets, streetscapes, downtowns, uptowns, creeks, rivers, ditches, you name it. Each location in any movie or commercial or TV show you have ever seen was deliberately chosen. Anything and everything in is a potential film location.
What makes LocationsHub different from other listing sites?
Home to more than I.5 million location images, LocationsHub is the location gallery the film industry comes to first. As the largest and deepest location gallery on the market, LocationsHub means property owners can get their property in front of the entertainment industry easily and quickly.
What if the property is in an out-of-the-way place without a specific address?
You can list the nearest town or road and then list yourself as the contact. As long as you know how to get there, you are good to go.
When I add a new location, is there a "wait time" before the location is available to the public?
When a location is uploaded, it is immediately available for searching. Similarly, any edits you make to you property or location are immediately seen by those searching.
Is it difficult to upload photos?
No, you can upload multiple files with a single click. Only the original version of the image file is required. Thumbnails, squares, medium-sized versions are automatically created for the appropriate display. Photos can then be sorted and arranged using drag-and-drop functionality once they are uploaded.
Once I have uploaded pictures of my property, can I change anything?
Yes, you have full control to change or edit your location(s) at any time. You can add or edit at any time. You can delete photos or the entire location from your collection. Any edits or deletions of locations are immediately reflected within lightboxes and the public library.
How are search results displayed?
Search results are displayed in thumbnail layout, map layout, or list layout options. Select the display you prefer by clicking on the drop-down in the upper right navigation.
How does the "Enter Keyword" search work?
The keyword search functionality is available for those "vague" search requirements. It is a free-form field that searches across categories, sub-categories, styles, names, and looks for any exact mention of the word or phrase you have entered. To produce greater results, use single words, use the singular form of those words, and perform multiple searches. When entering multiple words in the keyword field, the order and combination of those words is important.
Consider these examples:
-- A search for house with pool will return all locations comprised of both a house and a pool. A search for house and pool will produce the same results as house with pool.
-- A search for cabin or lodge will return all locations that are either a cabin or a lodge. Similarly, a search for cabin, lodge (separated by a comma) will return all locations that are either a cabin or a lodge. A search for cabin lodge (with no comma) will return all locations that are either a cabin or a lodge.
-- A search for the exact phrase "garden with gazebo" (in quotation marks) will return only those locations that include those exact words in that exact order somewhere in the description of the location.
-- A search for historic will produce all types of historic locations while a search for "historic homes" (in quotation marks) will produce only historic homes.
For searches by specific state, city, category, sub-category, or style, please use the advanced search options. The advanced search functionality is based on standardized category and subcategories used by over 80 film commissions.
When can I search and/or access my account?
Search listings or access your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as often as you like.
How do I get the location map to appear with my property?
Upon location upload, Google Maps functionality is automatically applied to the location address, thus displaying satellite, traffic, and other mapping functionality. Locations are also automatically geo-coded with latitude and longitude values compatible with mobile phone apps.
What are the ideal specifications for the photos on the site?
Each photo image must be in JPEG format and can be stored in the highest resolution needed. General resolution and sizing standards for optimal display are:
- 144 - 150 dpi
- file size between 200 KB - 1 MB
- JPEG compression = 7 good quality
- 1280 x 1024 resolution (or higher) for large size web browsing
- physical photo size no larger than 8.5" x 11" (to allow for standard size page printing)
What if I want to include notes with my photos?
Feel free. Photo notes and/or credits can be assigned as part of the upload process. Notes can be provided for each individual image and/or for the entire location as a whole. The notes specific to each photo will be displayed at the top of each photo in the slideshow.
I would like my listing to show up on the 'Featured Locations', how do I do that?
Please contact us at 888.355.REEL or email@example.com about our featured listing program.
What is a lightbox?
A lightbox is a collection of locations that can be shared via email, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and hundreds of other social media vehicles. Lightboxes can contain an unlimited number of locations, and lightbox content can be displayed in thumbnail layout, map layout, or list layout options. Lightboxes can contain a location you uploaded as well as other locations from the LocationsHub gallery.
Is LocationsHub available in other languages besides English?
At this time the LocationsHub interface is available only in English, but LocationsHub does allow UTF-8 character sets, so you can enter content in many languages including Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese. Localization and translation of the interface is something we will be considering at a future date.
Can I just email you pictures of my property to be considered as a film location?
No, we do not accept emailed photos. All photos must be included in your LocationsHub account for viewing by location scouting and production personnel. You must create your profile online with your contact information so scouts can contact you directly. Please contact us if you need support on how to upload photos or assistance with your listing. If you want to be considered as a location listing, you must create your location/props profile online; otherwise, you will not be posted on LocationsHub.com
Can I list my house even though I live in it?
Yes. Many locations are occupied by owners. Locations can be vacant or occupied.
Do I need a photo of my property or props to list on this web site for film and television scouting?
Of course. Location scouts are seeking locations that fit the project. Location scouts are generally under time constraints and need to make the most of their time. If you do not have a photo of your property listed, then it is impossible to know if your location fits the bill. A minimun of one photo is required in order to provide location scouts and production personnel an idea of what you have available.
Do we have to pay a percentage to LocationsHub.com should my property be used as a result of my listing on the site?
We do not take any fees or percentages should your location be selected for a project. You will be working directly with the production personnel and negotiate your fees with them. We are simply a listing service displaying your property to those who are looking for locations.
Does the owner have to get the permits for shooting?
The production company is responsible for any permits associated with the filming or photography project. When you get an inquiry from a location scout asking to use your property, be sure to go over with them all the permits that may or may not be needed. If there are any permits required, be sure to get copies of them for your records.
How do I get my property featured in LocationsHub?
Please contact us if you are interested in making your location a featured listing.
How much does it cost to list my commercial or residential property or props on LocationsHub.com?
Please see our various account levels here: https://rs.locationshub.com/sign_up.aspx.
How much does it cost to place my props on LocationsHub.com?
How much money can I make if my property is chosen for filming?
This price may vary, but you can make several hundred to several thousand - per day. You could make more than this, but you shouldn't make any less.
I have a special room in my house that would be great place in which to shoot a scene or a photography project.
Any property, even an individual room, is fine. If you have a unique room or rooms, or want to offer your entire home, list it! Location scouts for all types of production work are seeking of locations all kinds - regardless of whether only one or more than one scene would be shot in that location. Productions look for unique backdrops or backgrounds for their projects too. Sometimes the productions don't really know what they're looking for until they see it.
I have to pay taxes on the money I make, right?
Not necessarily. According to the IRS, if you rent out your property for fewer than 15 days, any income you make does not have to be reported. However, if filming takes place for more than 14 days, you would need to report your income.
If I don't get filming on my business, what ancillary benefits do I receive?
Your commercial property or small business will be exposed to potential clients and customers, regardless of whether the production actually shoots there.
If my home is used in a movie, do I get any sort of credit at the end of the film?
Credits in the movie industry are negotiated for and don't come cheap. If credit is what you want, you will need quite a bit of leverage to get it. Credit is rarely, if ever, given for locations. And even if it was, the crews cleaning the theater after the film is over are probably the only ones who would see it.
Is my home or business a good location rental? Is my location appropriate for a film, television or photography project?
We get many users asking us if their home, business or unique location is of interest to location scouts. The answer is … you never know. The scouts for production are looking for a vast array of venues throughout the world. Homes of all shapes and sizes, business, vacant land, and even old warehouses and buildings. If you are in doubt as to if your location is of interest as an on-location rental consideration, may we suggest you watch television for a while or browse a few magazines and notice the locations used in the various shows, movies, television commercials or print ads. Much is shot on location. There are student films, indie films and feature films constantly seeking locations to match the script or the story-board for a photo-shoot. You never know what they will need.Some may be looking for a unique location and will seek out interesting places. We are unable to guarantee your listing will get inquiries' from production personnel as it depends what they need. However, a script calls for many different locations, and your property could be exactly what they are looking for.
Once my property is listed on LocationsHub what are my obligations?
Inclusion of a property in LocationsHub places the owner under no obligation whatsoever to accept the proposed film shoot onto the premises. Each project is individually assessed in terms of its budget, schedule and the scenes to be filmed. It is up to you to decide if you want to allow that particular production to use your property.
What can I expect if my property is chosen?
Discuss the details of the shoot thoroughly with the location manager and find out what the company's insurance covers in case of damage. Ask if the furnishings will stay or be removed to storage and if any changes to the interior or exterior are planned. Discover how the production company plans to protect your walls and furniture from the perils of shooting and the crews associated with it.Ask for compensation to cover your stay in a hotel if you must vacate and what times of day you may enter the house during the shoot. Find out if the film production company covers kennel costs for your animals.Remove yourself from the premises early on shooting day. Expect a crew to take over your home and to ignore you. Alert your neighbors ahead of time so they'll be aware of the number of people and the number of trucks and trailers that'll be parked on or near your street.
What kind of property can I list?
All types of properties are needed for the filming. There are needs for everything from homes, restaurants, office buildings, parking lots, trailer homes, and everything in between. There is no limit to what "Hollywood" might need for filming.
Despite what you might have heard, you do not need a million dollar home for the film industry to attract the film industry. Think about all the "ordinary" locations you see in movies and on TV all the time. All types of properties are needed for filming, so no matter what your property's characteristics are, it could be exactly what the production is looking for.
What kind of property is acceptable for listing on LocationsHub.com?
Everything and anything is a potential film location. Film and television industry mimics real life situations as well as the fantasy genre. No matter what your location type, it is a potential location. Props are also accepted and listed; perhaps you have old wagons, antique or vintage vehicles and clothing, unique furniture etc. All unique props will be considered for listing on our site.
What kinds of property or props are acceptable for listing on LocationsHub.com?
All types of locations and unique props worldwide are needed: houses, office buildings, bars, schools, camps, lodges, airports, beauty salons, restaurants, warehouses, stores, beach homes, barns, car lots and any type of location you can imagine. Just turn on the TV or go see a film and pay attention to the various locations and props that are used. All types of properties and locations are needed.
What sort of things could my house be used for?
It could be any type of commercial shoot involving a camera - feature films, TV dramas, short films, TV shows, photoshoots, music videos or commercials. Your location could also be used for press events, product launches and other corporate events.
Why do location managers use LocationsHub.com?
Entertainment professionals save time and money by searching our site. Location managers prefer our site because it's the deepest location site on the planet. It's also free, and they do not have to pay any commission should they use a location that they find in our gallery.
Why rent out your house, space or property for filming?
If your property is chosen for a film, event, television or photography project, you will be paid well.
Your Home is Unique - Because each location in every film, commercial, TV series, and photo shoot is very deliberately chosen, yours might be the one they're looking for.
Your Home Can Earn You Income - Your location can command hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per day.
No Commission Fees - Every dollar you make if your location is used is yours. We take nothing from the fees you are paid.
Super Affordable Listing Fees - Because for less than half the price of your monthly cable bill, you can put your location in front of the film industry 24x7 for an entire year. Or for less than the price of taking a family of four to the movies one time, your location could actually be in one.
Your Home Can Be a Film Location - The next knock you hear at your door might be Hollywood. For one homeowner, that knock was Argo.
Film Industry's First Stop for Locations - Because with over 1.5 million location images across 100,000 locations, LocationsHub is the gallery the film industry comes to first, regularly, and often.
If your property is chosen for filming, you can make thousands of dollars a day and enhance your chances to have filming at your place again. If the filming takes less than 15 days, the income you make is tax free. There are a number of other benefits that come with listing your property, including the exposure of your home or small business in ways that you could never receive on your own, an inside look at what goes on in Hollywood, and the established fact that filming in your home or business increases the property value considerably.
If I upload my own property, am I in control of the name and categories?
Yes, you have the ability to choose the location name you want and to include a full-length description of the location if you choose. You also have the ability to assign multiple category/subcategories (max of 5) to your location as well as to assign multiple architectural styles (max of 3).
What if I do not own the property, but I represent it instead?
That's fine. You can list yourself as the contact for the property.
As a location scout, what kind of properties am I going to find on LocationsHub.com?
LocationsHub.com is committed to bringing film scouts and entertainment professionals the fullest, most diverse database in the world for filming locations. There is no type of property that you will not find in LocationsHub.
I am a scout. Why should I use LocationsHub.com?
Searching LocationsHub.com as a scout is free, eliminates communication with anyone other than the property owner or representative, and provides access to the deepest and broadest collection of properties and locations in the world.
We are a Convention & Visitors Bureau / Chamber of Commerce. How does this service benefit us?
LocationsHub allows you to market the locations in your area to the film industry even if your CVB and/or Chamber does not have a film office.
What is a tax credit?
A tax credit is a something that many state legislatures put into place in order to enhance the appeal of their state for a filming location. A refundable tax credit is a payment that state makes to a production company. In order for the refund to come through, a tax return must be filed. That credit could then be sold or assigned to another company.
What is a tax rebate?
A tax rebate is similar to a tax credit, but it is a check that is written to a production company following production. In simpler terms, a tax rebate is really a cash rebate.
How do I contact you in the event I have questions or need help?
You can contact us anytime should you have questions or need additional assistance. Simply contact us via email at support@LocationsHub.com. A staff member will contact you immediately to assist with any issues or questions. We also have a chat option located at the lower right hand side of our web site. When a staff member is online, you can talk with them live for questions and help.
What types of payment do you accept?
Currently we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. We do not accept PayPal. At this time we accept payments only online so we will not be able to accept a P.O., to invoice you, or to take an order over the phone.
Are there signup fees? Termination fees? Any hidden fees we should know about?
Absolutely not. We think one-time extra fees are not the right way to do business. We do not charge signup fees, termination fees, or any additional fees. The price you pay is simply the fixed monthly or annual fee based on the plan and the billing structure you've chosen.
How does your refund policy work?
LocationsHub is a month-to-month (or year-to-year), pay-as-you-go service, so we do not provide refunds. You are billed every 30 days (or every 365 days) for the service. You can cancel the service at any time, you will not be charged again (nor are there any termination fees), but you are responsible for any charges already incurred.
Do you accept POs or payment by check?
We only accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). At this time, we only offer LocationsHub as a monthly/annual service. Invoices are automatically emailed to the account owner every time you are charged.
If we upgrade will we be billed twice this month?
When you upgrade, you are instantly upgraded to the higher plan but you do not have to pay the higher price until next month's bill.
Whenever I try to log in, the login page just reloads and does not display an error message. Why is that happening?
The most common cause of this is that your browser is not set to accept cookies (a cookie is a text-only string that gets entered into the memory of your browser). LocationsHub requires that cookies are turned on so the application can track your session and know who you are as you use LocationsHub.
Instructions for turning on cookies in most web browsers can be found at "How to Enable Cookies" or "How to control cookies." For more information on cookies, see this Wikipedia entry.
Are our photos and location information backed up in case of an emergency?
Data is backed up nightly and written to multiple disks instantly. We can perform full backup recovery in the event of a system-wide emergency. Our hardware is also fully redundant so even if one disk or server fails nothing will be lost. Our uptime is over 99%.
Do you provide phone support?
We provide unlimited support via email for our paying customers, but we do not provide support over the phone. We do our best to respond to every email within just a few hours of receiving it. We also make sure one of the company owners or a knowledgeable LocationsHub staff members answers the email. We do not outsource our support overseas or employ unqualified support staff.