Duties and Responsibilities
If you’re thinking all you have to do is go out and look for a location and come back and report to the location manager, you’re wrong.
Firstly, you will have to identify locations that would meet the demands of the script. For instance, if the script requires a park, you can’t just recommend any park that you come across. You may have to find a park that leads to a cave, where the serial killer who abducts joggers hides.
Secondly, even if you find a park which leads to a cave, it would not necessarily be accepted by the director. You would have to produce "evidence" that the location is truly ideal for the park scenes.
The "evidence" mentioned above would be providing photographs or video clips of locations to be evaluated by the location manager and director. As such, a location scout must be well-versed in handling still and video cameras.
The scout would have to record panoramic and descriptive visuals of a potential location keeping in mind the aesthetic needs of the film. Most of the time, the scout would have to document visually beyond what is needed by the script so that the director and production designer would get a complete feel of the potential of the location. This would include getting visuals under different lighting conditions, night and day.
The scout would also need to make sketches of the location isolating crew, vehicle and prop areas as would be needed during the shooting.