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Monday, 13 December 2010 21:49

2010 California On Location Awards

Written by  Dylan Powers
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COLA_MainStory_IMG_0199The 16th annual California On Location Awards (COLA) was recently held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. The event gives recognition to location professionals who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, creativeness and service while filming in the state of California. This year’s COLAs highlighted the hard work of location managers and teams who have ensured that their projects ran smoothly despite limited budgets, minimal prep time or a director’s restricted vision –– all while benefiting tourist hot spots and keeping local businesses happy.

The glamorous Beverly Hilton had lighthearted ambiance as attendees walked the red carpet to a lavish event hosted by two Emmy-nominated stars, Actress Joan Collins (“Dynasty”) and Actress/Director Linda Gray (“Dallas”). The historic ballroom featured oversized screens to give the audience an up-close look at the winners while displaying their work.
COLA_MainStory_IMG_1705Presented by Film Liaisons In California Statewide (FLICS), a nonprofit that handles permits for location work in Los Angeles, the awards show introduced COLA Event & Sponsorship Development Co-Chairpersons Janice Arrington, Sheri Davis and Pauline East. Davis received a standing ovation for her 16 years of dedication and commitment to COLA after it was announced that she would be stepping down. FilmL.A., a private, nonprofit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on location film, TV and commercial production in Los Angeles City and County, will take over as the COLA’s coordinator and facilitator in partnership with FLICS.  
The award for Location Team of the Year (Features) went to Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. for The Green Hornet, and Location Professional of the Year (Features) went to Mike Fantasia for his work on the same film. “I just want to thank everyone who helped make The Green Hornet,” said Fantasia. “We had the odds against us; there was a lot of push to get this movie into a lot of other jurisdictions.” Accepting the award, Fantasia lauded his crew as “the best team I’ve ever assembled.” COLA_MainStory_IMG_1654
Among the other awards that evening, Location Professional of the Year (Episodic TV) went to Timothy Hillman for “CSI: N.Y.,” Location Team of the Year (Episodic TV) went to “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Production Company of the Year (Reality TV) went to New Remote Productions for “The Dudesons.” Location Professional of the Year (Commercials) went to Kent Matsuoka for a Ford Superduty commercial; Location Professional of the Year (Stills) went to Geoff Juckes for a Roberto Cavalli shoot; Teamsters Local 399 Assistant Location Manager of the Year went to Michael Wesley Aycock for Inception (Features) and Jason Kaplon for “Cold Case” (Television). Public Employee of the Year went to U.S. Coast Guard Commander Sean Carroll (Federal), State Parks’ Chuck Bancroft (State), County of Placer’s Brad Albertazzi and Bob Eicholtz (County), and City of Santa Clarita’s Gus Pivetti (City).
The 2010 COLA Awards was a truly remarkable event, and P3 Update congratulates all the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and hard work.

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