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Skillful Locations Managers Make a Film More Beautiful

By Jonathan King Subscribe to RSS | July 11th 2012 | Views:

The job of locations managers need people who are ready to go the distance to prove their skills. It would be wise to ascertain earlier itself that the job is not an easy one. Like all the other jobs, this one too has a lowest rung and one needs to be good enough to be able to climb up to the top and the time take for this too will be different for different people. The job usually starts form a location scout so let’s take a look at what that means.

Location scout

Not one of the most sought after jobs. One needs to be patient and ever ready for this kind of job as the order may come in any moment and the person has to be ready to scout up not just one but three to four alternatives which can be used for the photo shoot locations. Depending on a lot many factors like the budget one needs to make the decisions wisely. It is always wise to carry a copy of the script as one may need it to prove the purpose. Here is a list of required things:

1. An identification

2. A clean driving license

3. A clean, reliable vehicle as one may need to go distances and will need to keep it clean as interactions become easier when one gets an approved set of wheels

1. A lot of smile and patience

2. A copy of the script

3. A decent digital camera with loads of memory

4. Punctuality

It does get frustrating as one may come up with the perfect locations but due to logistic problems it may be dropped. The locations managers have to take the final call on the locations keeping the budget constraints and logistic constraints into consideration as it decides the fate of the photo shoot locations whether to be included in the scene or not if they are not viable.

After doing the time fishing out locations, one may be trusted with location services like the job of interacting directly with the location owners for the permit and the legal aspects for permission as it is an important factor which needs to be spick and span. Then interactions with the directors is also required as to enlighten the creative people about the better prospects that one can find in the location by better camera angles or other such features. Controlling the crowd from intervening, health facilities, safety, logistic, proper functioning of the props, technical details and requirements are some of the location services where the requirement as well as the skill of the location manager comes widely into play and many a times save the day by making the work easier for the whole crew.

Jonathan King - About Author:
Jonathan owner of Shootfactory a leading location for filming shooting has deep & practical knowledge of use your house in movies. Find more information about film, photoshoots locations and properties for film locations on

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