I really like the idea of shooting 3 or 4 corners of a large office as 3 or 4 locations. I might try that at some point for single short scenes.
Also the hitting up businesses that you frequent is a great idea… the one issue I face with that is living in Orange County its a tough sell for cast and crew to drive down from the Hollywood area. In fact I have skipped over several locations down here because of alternatives further north.
My backyard is sorta connected to a cemetery. I never tried but I think it would be easy to film there without “getting caught.” But I’m not a horror filmmaker person soooo…
Still a good location for a quick scene… when security comes just run back onto your property!
I usually struggle with this because in my head I have place that I quickly realize is out of my wheelhouse or reality.
It can get kind of complicated out here in Los Angeles (with or even without permits). A lot more people are aware of how the sausage gets made and unless they’re friends, they’ll want something in return or generally be against it. Where that gets a little easier is out in the Santa Clarita / Canyon Country area, where they’ll film a lot of the dessert stuff. Just pick an empty patch of dry area and shoot there. Easier to be sneaky about it too, I imagine.
Love all the stuff you guys came up with in chat today!