Film shoots are just like life: anything can go wrong at any time. That’s why God created insurance. Never leave home (for a shoot) without it!

Shooting on Public vs. Private Property

The first thing to take into consideration when considering locations for your shoot are whether the property you want to shoot on is public or private. Public lands/properties are those owned by either the city/county, state, or federal government, and private lands/properties are those owned by individuals.

In most cases it is pretty easy to distinguish if the location is public or private. Almost all parks are public (though there are exceptions, like Hunakai Park in Kahala, which is privately owned), most streets and sidewalks are public, and in most cases buildings and properties housing government entities and government-run institutions are public, including public schools. Commercial buildings, residential buildings, private schools, and generally any place not owned by a government entity is considered private land. Where public land ends and private land begins is not always easy to decipher, but in most cases your shooting location will be clearly differentiable as public or private.


Information Required to Request a Certificate of Insurance

To request a certificate of insurance for your shoot, the following information is needed at least a week in advance of your shoot.

It’s understandable that in the world of filmmaking things change at the last minute, but for the sake of your poor media center director and the lovely people he deals with at the insurance company, please try to have your dates more or less confirmed before requesting your certificate of insurance.

E-mail the below info to:


Your Name

Name of your Production

Dates of the Production

Owner of the Property

Address of the Property


Your Name: Hay Jubert

Name of your Production: Waimanalo Chainsaw Massacre

Dates of the Production: April 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2017

Owner of the Property: Leatherface Suzuki

Address of the Property: 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795