Location Managers Guild International

Fall 2018

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) is the largest organization of Location Managers and Location Scouts in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. Their membership plays a vital role in the creativ

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LMGI COMPASS | Fall 2018 • 13 reality show Survivor and internationally based movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. With some anecdotes from Edge of Tomorrow, Georgette Turner explained the complexities of staging a major helicopter stunt sequence in London's Trafalgar Square. A seemingly simple request resulting in the coordination of many government levels, involving major road closures, transit redirection of 122 bus routes, managing a staff of 370 location personnel for pedestrian control and multiple helicopters (one crashing) all within a eight- hour timeframe. 2018 Comic- Con LMGI Panel: Standing Room Only The LMGI panel was a well-received part of the 49th annual Comic-Con International. Topping last year's record attendance, the Guild was invited to contribute to programming in the main San Diego Convention Center building—a wise move, since people were turned away once the room reached full capacity. Moderated by Scott Trimble, LMGI (Bad Times at the El Royale, The Cabin in the Woods), we had an international presence, with members from Canada, England and Australia. Our panel featured LMGI members Scott Alexander (It, Suicide Squad), Duncan Jones (Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman), Manny Padilla (The Man in the High Castle, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Golden Swenson (Face Off, The Dark Knight Rises) and Georgette Turner (Wonder Woman, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Manny Padilla explained the fundamentals of the location process. He addressed the differences between film and television, drawing on his experiences in both formats. He elaborated on managing creativity with limited time and money. Golden Swenson highlighted his experiences while traveling around the world for work. His career includes eight seasons on the popular CBS Bottom photo, left to right: Duncan Jones, Manny Pa- dilla, Georgette Turner, Golden Swenson, Scott Alexander, Scott Trimble Scott Alexander related a similar experience on Suicide Squad in Toronto, managing production's expectations with logistics on large roadways for major stunt driving scenes. He emphasized the importance of making the community a priority, keeping them informed while prepping and filming. Duncan Jones spoke about dealing with some very large crowds while filming Thor: Ragnarok on the streets of Brisbane. With the rise in scope and scale of productions, Jones also addressed environmental concerns with natural parks and protected locations. With examples from his recent films, he explained the details of extensive prep, including an archaeologist's study for the indigenous population, and commissioning a university study on filming's potential impact on the resident koala population. Other panelists agreed that sensitivity to local concerns is key to a successful production, highlighting the importance of leaving a positive impact socially, culturally, environmentally and economically on location. Audience questions ranged from getting a job, to getting your property into movies, to how the scouting process works, to invitations from film commission representatives in the audience, to the restoration of locations and neighborhoods, and how the evolution of VFX impacts filming. Our generous sponsors include Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario District Council), Inland Empire Film Services, Ontario International Airport (ONT), Pacific Production Services, Park As Directed, Riverside County Film Commission and Whites Location Equipment Supply. Plans are already in the works for next year's panel—at the 50th anniversary of Comic- Con! We'll build on this year's success, ensuring next year will be even better. The sizzle reel and full panel video can be viewed online at http://locationmanagers.org/ comic-con/ by John Rakich

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