Any ideas on how to persuade local locations that we are not kidding; this is a serious competition and we are not making a YouTube video to be silly...
We have a huge portion of our film that takes places in a greenhouse/hydroponics lab/garden area, etc, etc,., First, I went to Disney and requested permission to film at "Living with the Land" in their hydroponics garden in which they give public tours. They politely declined. I've been courting a local hydroponics store called "Living Towers" here in town, but our e-mails are going unanswered.
Any tips or tricks on how to convey our sincerity, and authenticity, other than us showing up with a crew of fully costumed astronauts and our tripod and going hey, "we're serious here." Are there any terms or verbiage we can use in correspondence that might help get filming permission for a location?
Today, I toured my local Walmart's Greenhouse, and their plants were all burnt to a crisp, dried out, and on their way to a better place. Filming there would be a mistake. I've also thought about approaching Lowe's about allowing us to film in their Garden Center. I'm just starting to get desperate. Any ideas you all have would be much appreciated.
Thank you, -Chris, Writer/Creator "The Selected" : A Short Film