Location Managers Guild International

Winter 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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Discovering the Makings of a Location Meister 30 • LMGI COMPASS | Winter 2018 And the Award Goes To… Location professionals and production designers discuss what it takes to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Production designer JOHN MYHRE dis- tinctly remembers being glued to the fam- ily television set watching the Academy Awards as a child. Fast-forward to 2012, by which time he won two Academy Awards, earned three nominations and received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Out- standing Art Direction for the 84th Acad- emy Awards. The Oscars are a "celebration of the movies," says Myhre, "and being a member of the Academy is a 'milestone in your career.'" LMGI location scout LORI BALTON, the first location professional to join AMPAS in 2013, says, "When I attend meetings, I feel like I died and went to heaven. I am sitting in the Academy boardroom with the top production designers in the industry and (gasp) I am there as an equal. It still blows my mind. For some- one who loves movies, spent years working at Cornell Cinema and the Coolidge Corner Cinema while getting through college and graduate school, this is really a dream come true." Since Balton's acceptance, two other LMGI location professionals, KOKAYI AMPAH and Elston Howard, have joined the Academy in the Designers Branch. The Designers Branch is one of the more comprehensive," says Balton. "Fortunately, they have a history of un- derstanding the team effort that goes into filmmaking." Academy Governor Jim Bissell concurs. "Unlike the Cin- ematographers or Editors Branch, the Designers Branch is inclusive and em- braces members with an extraordinary by Judy Schultz PRODUCTION DESIGNER JOHN MYHRE LOCATION SCOUT LORI BALTON LOCATION PRO KOKAYI AMPAH

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