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A COLA Tribute to Sheri Davis

SherriDavisStory_IMG_0177Location management and location scouting are difficult production jobs that don’t often receive much recognition. That is, until the California On Location Awards (COLA) surfaced to acknowledge location professionals for their best efforts. This yearly event has grown into a large-scale acknowledgement of location professionals working in the state of California. The visionary behind COLA is Sheri Davis, the film commissioner for the Inland Empire, and she has been steering the program since its inception 16 years ago.

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16 Years of COLAs

16Years_MG_5003There was a time when the work of location professionals in the film and television industries was a mystery to people both inside and outside of the business –– and their important contributions to the production process were, in most cases, little appreciated. “Having been around almost since the inception of location managers, what we do has always been a rather strange ‘animal’ for the industry,” reflects Ed Duffy, veteran location manager and business agent for Teamsters Local 399. “The growing complexity of the job has not made it any easier to understand.”

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2010 California On Location Awards

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.

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AFCI Cineposium 2011

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The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) held their prestigious Cineposium in Enghien-les-Bains, an enchanting city just north of Paris in the Val d’Oise region of Ile de France. With a long history of filmmaking; great cultural and economic support for productions of all kinds; and world-famous film festivals and markets; Paris was the ideal setting for Cineposium 2011.

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American Film Market (AFM) 2011

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Held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in California, the 2011 American Film Market (AFM) was more than a numbers game in the buying and selling of films. Statistics alone often validate success, such as the 8-percent increase in AFM’s buying companies from 718 from 664 in 2010; a 7-percent rise in buying executives (to 1,523 from last year’s 1,417); and a 4-percent climb in overall attendance (to 7,988 from 7,695). But the real story was the superb conferences and top talent that graced various Santa Monica venues for the weeklong event.

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