Submit Your Property as a Production Location
The Texas Film Commission maintains a free database of statewide locations that are available for use in films, television shows, commercials, music videos and digital media projects.
We receive requests from media industry professionals seeking a wide range of locations including: ranches, farm houses, small towns, courthouses, parks, dancehalls, restaurants, and small businesses. If you own or manage a property in Texas that you would like to be considered as a production location, we welcome your submission for inclusion in our locations database.
Table of Contents
- How To List Your Property
- What To Expect After Listing Your Property
- If Your Property is Selected for Filming
- Maximizing Your Location's Potential
- Additional Questions
HOW TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY
To add your property to our library, please click the button below for instructions on digitally submitting photos.
PHOTO TIPS & REQUIREMENTS
- Filmmakers like to see the ‘big picture,’ so think wide angle and panorama shots. No close ups or detail shots, please.
- Take photos of all structures on your property to provide filmmakers with an idea of everything the location has to offer. This includes multiple shots of interiors, exteriors and any additional or unique features of the property, even if they aren’t traditionally aesthetically pleasing. You never know what a production might need.
- Include at least one shot of each interior room. It may be helpful to stand in the corner of a room with the lens adjusted to the widest angle setting, or using the panorama feature on a smartphone.
- Take photos during the day for the best lighting. Dark, out-of-focus or outdated photos may not be accepted.
- When photographing interiors, turn on lights to help brighten up photos.
- Include the property address and contact information (name, email address and phone number) for the owner and / or manager. For rural properties, please include basic directions such as ‘iron gate entrance 8 miles east of Loop 180.’
- Please note submitted photos are not typically accessible to the general public and can only be changed by Texas Film Commission staff once submitted.
- We do not accept hard copy photographs, videos or 35mm negatives.
MAILING YOUR PHOTO PACKAGES
If you prefer to send photos on a CD / flash drive, please send to:
Texas Film Commission
Attn: Matt Miller
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LISTING YOUR PROPERTY
Once reviewed and approved, your photos will be added to our secure locations database. Approved photos are then available for viewing by media industry professionals seeking Texas locations for their projects on a case by case basis, depending upon their specific location requests.
Please note that while our office will share photos of your property (along with similar locations) with industry professionals, we cannot guarantee that your property will be selected as a production location.
Being Contacted About Your Property
If a production company is interested in your property, initial contact is generally made by a Location Scout or Location Manager hired by the production company. If you are contacted, it will likely be to schedule a preliminary location scout. A location scout does not obligate either party; it is simply an in-person visit to see if the property might work as a potential location for the project.
IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SELECTED FOR FILMING
The Texas Film Commission provides location services to a wide range of projects - from student films to studio features and digital media projects. As each project varies in size and scope, there is no industry standard for location fees and pricing. Every project has different location needs and varying budgets for locations.
If your property is selected for filming, keep in mind:
- The production company will make an offer for compensation based on how long they need access to your property and how much they have allocated in their budget to spend.
- Industry standards and best practices encourage working with projects that have production insurance policies in place. Production Insurance is an industry standard that protects filmmakers, production companies and property owners supplying a location for production purposes.
- All terms and conditions for location use, rates, and so forth are negotiated between the production company and the property owner, not the Texas Film Commission.
MAXIMIZING YOUR LOCATION'S POTENTIAL
The Texas Film Commission’s locations database is powered by TEXScout, which also has a public-facing website called LocationsHub. This allows the general public to view locations at their leisure, increasing the chances of properties and businesses to be seen by production personnel.
If you would like to list your property in both our internal database and LocationsHub, please make a note in the “usage restriction” field when uploading your photos and we will be happy to accommodate your privacy preferences. There is no cost to list in either of these location databases.
Many people are not familiar with on-location production, so the Texas Film Commission staff is here to help with any questions you may have. Please contact our office by e-mail or call 512-463-9200 and ask to speak with a member of the production department.