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Location Professionals

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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On Location- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with Location Manager Jared Connon

Hobbit 1The highly anticipated film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is the second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.    The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  Having survived the beginning go their unexpected journey, the Company continues East on their epic adventure, encountering treacherous denizens of Middle-earth and making new alliances as they forge on to the Lonely Mountain where the greatest danger of all awaits, the Dragon Smaug.

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