Ever thought about using your house as a filming or photography location? Many people around the Atlanta area have actually been doing that regularly for years. They’ve come to realize that once you’re comfortable with the process, it can be a great way to earn some sizable fees on an occasional basis.

Gemma and Michael Colford are the pair behind Tag Team Media Solutions, an Atlanta company that has been putting home and business owners together with film producers and photographers for twenty years. They’re always on the lookout for people who are interested in renting their home and business interiors and exteriors for filming television commercials and commercial photography.

Working primarily in advertising, they’re most interested in finding new sources of large, comfortable, and contemporary living spaces. All filming companies are required to carry maximum liability insurance, so location owners are protected. However, in over two decades of location filming, the Colfords have never once had to file insurance for location damage. “That’s not to say that every once in awhile, a small accident doesn’t occur,” says Michael, “But, it’s always taken care of. Without exception, the rule is that we leave a location in the condition that we found it.”

“Once we begin to work with people, we keep their property photos on file. We can then easily show them to producers for a possible fit on projects,” says Gemma. “Fees vary by project, based on what is involved, and how invasive the process will be, but they are always negotiable.” A full day’s shooting with a film crew means that you will have thirty or more people at your house for approximately twelve hours, with additional visits beforehand by directors and department heads to look at the location. In return you can expect fees to begin at $1,200 to $1,500 per day and go up from there depending on the circumstances and what is requested. “As people who rent their homes regularly will tell you, there really is virtually no risk to the homeowner, but you have to be the kind of person who can handle having your belongings moved or touched,” says Gemma.

“We usually scout houses on a per project basis, and start by reviewing our files,” says Michael. “So we’re always happy to accept any photos that people want to email to us. That gives us an idea about the style of your property, and whether we should come photograph it further for any presentations that we are making.”

You can contact Michael and Gemma Colford at Tag Team Media Solutions by emailing to [email protected].
2005 Neighborhood News