Location Managers Guild International

Winter 2019

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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52 • LMGI COMPASS | Winter 2019 Unions Change Lives... Victoria Harding, LMGI started in the business in Toronto, 1988. She was hired as the production secretary on a fea- ture film. The financing for the film was shaky, but the crew worked on faith for a few weeks. One morning, she learned that the show had collapsed, she shouldn't return to the of- fice and she would not be paid for the last three weeks. Two hours later, a union rep (ACFC—Association of Canadian Film Craftpeople), called. They'd heard of the problem and offered her a job in their office until she was back on her feet. The union knew that her position had no associated union protection, yet they took care of her. "This was when I fell in love with the business," Victoria says. "In the end, I only needed to work there for a couple of days because thanks to a recommendation from an AD I'd just worked with, I was hired on Season 2 of Friday the 13th: The Series, and my career was underway. I've never forgotten the kindnesses that were extended to me by ACFC and other union members as I faced that financial difficulty." This is one of a thousand stories of how unions help peo- ple in the film industry. For 40 years, I've seen the power- ful advantages of unions for location professionals. Work- ing in film production is an extraordinary profession—some stress, but exciting adventure and exceptional challenges— it can be one of the best jobs in the world. Media produc- tion engages talented, creative people working in one of the greatest visual story forms. by Bill Bowling THE POWER OF UNIONS Top photo: Dan Welch/LMGI

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