This is How to Make Any Location Cinematic As filmmakers, for one reason or another, we sometimes have to make do with what we have. Maybe you had that perfect location locked, and they canceled on you at the last minute. Or perhaps, more likely, you might be a young filmmaker looking to get started, and you simply can’t afford expensive locations and the headaches that come with them. This often means you’ll end up shooting in your home or that of a friend at little to no cost — there’s a reason that there is an abundance of short films set in houses and apartments. Your house might be a nice place to live, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best shooting location.