The best method to finding locations for a film starts by asking friends for help. This is a brief summary of finding the key locations in the film.
Pivotal plot points occur in Jonas and Amber’s kitchen. There are crucial action sequences whereby all the principle characters face-off in a gun melee. To shoot these scenes properly the kitchen needs an island countertop. Finding this location was not easy. The home owner would be letting us take over their kitchen for three days in a row to finish shooting the scenes. Luckily fortune was in our favor. I e-mailed numerous friends and one of them provided her house for the shoot. The shooting space includes a sizable kitchen and connecting dinning area to stage all the characters.
Most of the exterior fight locations were quite easy to gather. Other friends provided yards to run through or stage battle sequences. Almost any yard pieced together illustrates a continuation for the chase sequences. My favorite location is my sister’s house where her dogs will be used to chase the characters.
Originally, the climax was scripted to take place on the top floor of a parking garage. Chris and I scouted various locations in Milwaukee for this but no building manager returned our calls. Despite that, luck again struck. Another friend offered his family’s business, that installs hydraulic car lifts, for the final battle scene. The business has a gritty “factory” look to fit the needs of the story.
I want to thank all my family and friends that provided their house or business to be used for the short film Indefinite.