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Location Professionals

Motion Capture, Visual Effects and On-Location Shooting: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

When on-location shoots are combined with motion capture and visual effects, it can result in some of the greatest cinematic moments ever seen.

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The Job of a Location Professional Up Close

Everyone loves to travel. Location scouts and managers have the advantage of traveling to new destinations while working on some of today’s biggest blockbusters.

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Will Brewster on Montana, Photography and the Art of Location Scouting

A great location can open a myriad of imaginative possibilities for any shoot. While location scouting is known as an essential component of filmmaking, it’s also an important part of preproduction for professional photographers.

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Expert Advice for Location Managers

With over 30 years of experience as a location manager, Michael J. Burmeister has worked on many Hollywood blockbusters, such as True Lies, Terminator Salvation and Edward Scissorhands, and with A-list filmmakers like James Cameron and Michael Bay. “When you’re dealing with [high-profile directors], you don’t want to make any mistakes,” says Burmeister, who most recently worked on Scott Waugh’s action-packed thriller Need for Speed. “At that level they expect perfection. Anything less than perfection is not good.” 

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Discovering Her with Location Manager Rick Schuler

HER SM beachThe sci-fi romance film Her is anoriginal love story that explores the human need for intimacy and the risks it poses in a technological world. Set in a future Los Angeles, the movie is written and directed by Spike Jonze, and stars Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line), Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and the voice of Scarlett Johansson. The story follows Theodore (Phoenix), a complex, soulful man in self-imposed isolation after being heartbroken by the end of a long relationship. He soon meets Samantha (Johansson), the insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny female voice of his computer’s new operating system. And as each of their emotional needs and desires grow, the friendship eventually deepens into true love.

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