Finding Cheap Film Locations in Your Area
Finding film locations is one of the most difficult logistical steps in production. You need to find a film friendly place that fits your story without breaking the bank. Some locations are just unreasonable to get without spending a huge amount of money, like the torch in the Statue of Liberty. But, if the locations in your script are flexible, you can find almost any cheap location in your area. Here's how:
Sites like Craigslist and Mandy allow users to post ads online. This is great if you're looking for something generic like an apartment or house because it brings people who are interested in letting you shoot at their place directly to you. This will save you a lot of time filtering through people who are not film friendly.
The traditional way of finding film locations is to get out of the house and explore the area for potential sites. If you see something that catches your eye, then go there and ask for the owner. If they're interested in letting you shoot there, then come up with a location agreement and you're on your way.
Friends and Family
If money is a problem then you can always ask your friends and family to let you shoot at their places. You should only consider this option if they have the absolute right location for the shoot.