Know Your Abilities

While all film commissions are required to provide the same essential services, there is a great deal of latitude in the level of service your commission will be able to provide.

Be very clear about what your commission can provide and communicate that to those visiting your area. For instance, do you have funding to hire a scout to assist with finding a specific location? Do you have access to a large, comfortable vehicle to take clients scouting?

One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of a film commissioner’s work is personal interaction with those interested in filming in your area. The personal relationships you develop during the initial phases of working with a potential production have far-reaching consequences. Those relationships a marketing tool for your jurisdiction, even if they don’t film there. Those who feel they were well served by your office will be more inclined to contact you again, and to pass your name on to other colleagues.