Location Scouting in the South Loop

Students in the Ollywood class have been pursuing the guiding question, what makes a movie a movie?.  In this course, students have taken on the role of a film critic and are learning to evaluate films based on 3 stages of production: pre-production, production, and post-production. As a part of their investigation of pre-production, students have been learning about the role and creativity involved in scouting locations for film settings. On this Field Experience, students explored the different landscapes of the South Loop and captured photos to visualize the story they want to tell.


The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, what is the role of a location scout?. Students will familiarize themselves with the role of the location scout as one part of the pre-production process in the making of a film. Students will also create a short storyboard demonstrating their understanding of the responsibilities of the scout.


Students will walk through the South Loop, exiting the Roosevelt red line stop and witnessing locations including: Grant Park, Museum Campus, Northerly Island, Prairie District. Students are responsible for photographing six locations to use as settings for their chosen story in order to place those photographs within a storyboard.