• There are actually two aspects of “locations”: scouting and managing. The Location Scout helps the production find and secure locations suitable for filming. The Location Manager works on set as the liaison between the production and anyone in the public who is affected. Often, the two jobs are done by just one person. The job doesn’t just involve finding pretty sites and hanging around the set. The Location Manager is responsible for finding locations that serve the Director’s creative needs and the production’s logistical requirements. A beautiful mountaintop villa may seem perfect, but if getting a crew of one hundred plus the necessary equipment up there is too costly and inefficient, the place might as well not exist. You don’t make decisions, but it helps to have a creative eye as you interpret a Director’s requests. It’s also beneficial to have some level of technical experience as you attempt to anticipate the practical requirements of production. There are approximately three hundred to four hundred people working in Locations, but only a small fraction are employed consistently in feature films, episodic television, and the commercial realm. On average, expect to earn between $9,000 and $15,000 a month, again, depending on your level of experience and the kinds of projects you work on. Brian Dzyak Cameraman/Author IATSE Local 600, SOC

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