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Preparing For Takeoff by Arthur Vincie

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Chapter 17

Scouting

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FIGURE 17.1 The Windows location scout. (Left to right) Shahram Karimi (production designer), Shoja Azari (director), and John Bonafede (art director).

Scouting! The word alone fills me with joy. It’s one of my favorite activities. There’s nothing more fun than walking or driving around, looking at cool places, taking photos, and jotting down notes. Before reality comes swooping in and hits you in the head, you can think about blocking, color, light, and sound without having to worry about the craft services running out or the follow focus jamming.

It can also be a tremendous waste of time, though. If you’re not thinking “outside ...

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