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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36 • LMGI COMPASS | Winter 2018 Fair Dinkum by Nancy Mills Duncan Jones Locates a Superhero Universe Down Under T hor: Ragnarok posed many challenges for loca- tion manager Duncan Jones, but the biggest was turning Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, into New York. "The producers were considering sending a crew to the States to film in the real loca- tion," Jones says. "Trying to duplicate a city like New York is not the easiest to do. There's no place quite like it. But we ended up filming in Australia, which was a wonderful achievement for everyone involved." Here's how they did it: "We negotiated the closure of several main streets in Brisbane for five days," Jones says. "That was particularly difficult given it was a fully functioning inner city, and there was a lot of paperwork. We had to permit people to come and go from their businesses. Students had to go to university. The bus system still had to operate. In amongst all that, we had filming." "Securing Brisbane city in the middle of the work- ing week was a big challenge," Thor: Ragnarok UPM Jen Cornwell adds. "We have shot in Brisbane city before, but only ever on weekends. Duncan man- aged to shut down busy city streets during the working week. He spent months negotiating with hundreds of stake holders, everyone from the cor- ner store through to high-rise building managers, police and council. From both an art department and location point of view, there was quite a lot to be done to change traffic lights, street signs and traffic direction." tt

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