Office filming locations
Hire office space filming locations in London
As a filmmaker, finding the perfect office filming location is vital to establishing authenticity and enhancing the production value of your film. So it’s natural you might find the task of locating an office space that aligns with your vision and production requirements daunting. But don’t worry, Tutti is here to help you find and book office filming locations across the UK.
What are office filming locations used for?
Corporate films and commercials
Companies often require office spaces for filming corporate videos, promotional materials, or commercials. Renting an office filming location allows you to showcase the brand in a professional and authentic setting, portraying a realistic office environment.
Dramatic TV series and sitcoms
Many television shows feature office spaces as integral settings where the story revolves around workplace dynamics, for example in two of the most popular British series the ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘The Office’. Renting an office space helps create a believable backdrop for the characters' professional lives, adding realism to the storytelling.
Period films or television shows set in a specific era may require spaces from that time period. Renting an office filming location that captures the architectural style, furnishings, and decor of a particular era helps transport the audience back in time and adds authenticity to the production.
Independent films and short films
Office spaces offer a way for independent filmmakers to bring a story to life within a limited budget. These real locations provide a professional setting without the need for costly set construction or extensive production design.
Training videos and educational content
Companies or educational institutions producing training videos or educational content may require office settings to replicate workplace scenarios or provide instructional material. Renting an office filming location offers a controlled and realistic environment for effective content production.
Checklist for hiring an office filming location
Define your requirements
Start by analysing your script and identifying the key elements needed for the office setting. Consider the size, layout, ambience, and architectural style required to support your storytelling. Once you’ve assessed these, consider any technical requirements, such as lighting, power supply, acoustics, and internet connectivity.
Establish your budget
It is important to create a realistic budget that includes additional costs like equipment rental and allows for potential scenarios like paying for overtime. You’ll also need to assess the location's accessibility for your cast and crew, for example, will you need to cover parking fees or public transport costs?
Assess potential locations
Once you have shortlisted potential office locations, it's a good idea to see them in person too. If you would like to view a space listed on Tutti you can message the host to check availability and arrange a time. Here are a few suggestions for what to pay attention to:
- Space and layout: Assess the office layout, ensuring it matches your shoot requirements. Take note of room sizes, common areas, and overall aesthetic appeal.
- Lighting and acoustics: Examine the natural lighting conditions and consider whether you will need additional light sources. Test the acoustics to ensure optimal sound recording.
- Amenities and facilities: Check for essential amenities like bathrooms, parking availability, and changing rooms. Remember to check that you have access to power outlets and a reliable internet connection to meet your production needs.
- Environmental factors: Be mindful of potential noise disturbances that may impact your shoot, such as nearby construction sites, as well as other factors like restricted access caused by renovations.
Frequently asked questions
What are the best cities for hiring an office film location in the UK?
London is a popular destination for filming, offering a diverse range of office locations. The city boasts modern high-rise buildings, historic architecture, and bustling business districts like Canary Wharf and Bank. Manchester has also emerged as a thriving hub for media and production in recent years. The city offers a blend of contemporary office spaces, industrial conversions, and historic buildings that can serve as unique backdrops for your film. Bristol, located in the southwest of England, has a vibrant creative scene and a rich maritime history. The city offers a mix of office spaces, including converted warehouses and modern business centres.
What’s included in the hire fee of an office film location?
This will vary depending on the venue and your agreement, but the hire fee of an office film location typically includes exclusive access to the space, use of basic facilities and amenities, utility costs, and sometimes basic set dressing and props. If you have any specific requirements feel free to chat with the host by clicking the ‘message host’ button.
How much does it cost to hire an office film location?
The cost of hiring an office film location in the UK varies based on factors such as size, shoot duration, and additional services. Fees can range from a few hundred pounds per day to several thousand pounds or more for larger or premium locations. Most spaces on Tutti provide hourly, half-daily or daily hire costs, but it’s best to confirm the total price with the host by making a booking enquiry.
What factors should I consider when evaluating office spaces?
When choosing an office location for filming, you need to assess how well the location aligns with your project's vision, logistical needs, and budget. Specific factors include the design, size, layout, accessibility, noise levels, amenities, lighting and power options, cost, and customisation options.