A Recce involves identifying, from the script or other sources, the requirements for different locations, as well as scouting and recommending appropriate locations. It is about having a good knowledge of potential sites, as well as the ability to undertake research using relevant sources of information. It involves assessing possible locations for their suitability and cost taking various factors into account, including the requirements of the production, and the need for any permissions and licences. It is about recommending potential locations that meet production requirements.

Useful Link: Recce Sheet

This knowledge is suitable for an assistant location manager, researcher or similar role.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING – this is what you must know

a) how to interpret the script taking into consideration the need for using different locations

b) sources of information about locations and how to access them

c) how to ascertain the ownership of locations

d) how to establish contact with the relevant people within local authorities

e) the types of organisations and individuals from whom permissions are required for the use of locations

f) different types of licences that may be needed when using certain locations

g) the location budget for the production

h) the likely requirements of each department for access, egress and power source

i) types of environmental factors that may affect the use of a location

j) legal or ethical factors that may affect the use of a location

k) the health and safety aspects of a location

l) how to present your recommendations



1. from the script or other sources identify the number, types and sequence of locations required for the production

2. confirm the accuracy of your evaluation of location needs

3. identify and use appropriate sources of information to assist your research

4. arrange the recce of locations to check their suitability

5. where appropriate liaise with relevant authorities to identify the availability of potential locations

6. assess locations for their suitability to meet the needs of the production

7. where appropriate, take clear and descriptive photographs or video of potential locations

8. make detailed notes to enable you to make reasoned assessments of each location

9. ascertain the need for permissions and licences

10. identify the costs associated with using each location

11. record any problems or difficulties identified with the use of each location

12. note any climatic, physical, environmental and health and safety factors likely to affect the use of a location

13. consider any legal, health and safety, or ethical implications of using a location

14. recommend locations that balance production needs against financial and logistical constraints

15. recommend contingency arrangements to cover extremes of weather or non-availability of certain locations

16. receive feedback and take appropriate action

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