A good location recce is really important. You need to physically go to your locations and see if they have the cinematic and practical potential to form the backdrop of your film. They're also useful when getting crew on board, as for a DOP and Production Designer, having a great location means they can have far more scope in their roles.
Below is our recce for the Cotswold half of our film. We spent a weekend in the country driving around to find the best scenery that would help us tell our story in the right way, whilst considering any logistical implications of shooting there. We tried to emulate the shots we wanted to get, giving us confidence that it was possible to bring our tale to life here.