Location Managers Guild International

Spring 2020

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 | Spring 2020 • 53 PAUL MESSANA: Where were you born and how did you get started in locations? MOHAMMED QAZZAZ: I was born in Palestine in 1990. I started in locations in 2013 shortly after I moved to Canada. My fi rst job was production assisting on a local Canadian TV show called Heartland. I was absolutely fascinated with fi lm the fi rst time I was on set. For the fi rst time ever, I found a job that I genuinely enjoyed. Hard work came effortlessly to me because of how much I enjoyed it. Soon afterward, I was given more responsibility, and I kept the momentum going. My supervisors started including me in more and more conversations, and that helped propel my career forward. I've experienced nothing but whole-hearted support from the people I have worked with in Alberta. Albertans respect and acknowledge hard work. They love to see others succeed. LMGI: THE NEXT GENERATION BY PAUL MESSANA They're young, smart and enthusiastic about what they do. In this occasional column, assistant location manager Paul Messana, a genXer himself, talks with the upcoming generation of location professionals on the rise. PROFILE ON: MO QAZZAZ AGE: 29 HOME BASE: Alberta, Canada POSITION: Location Manager/KALM Mohammed Qazzaz/LMGI All photos by Mohammed Qazzaz/LMGI. Portraits courtesy of Mo.

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