Location Managers Guild International

Spring 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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SOUTH OF THE BORDER by Nancy Mills Our Man in Mexico, Horacio Rodriguez 22 • LMGI COMPASS | Spring 2019 F inding 30 locations for Roma, which received 10 Oscar nominations and won three Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography), was an enormous challenge for Horacio Rodriguez, LMGI and his location team. But the even bigger challenge was not being able to read the script beforehand. Rodriguez, 47, who was born in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico, first thought it would create major difficulties, but he adapted—as he always does. "As we all know, the script and the work plan are the bible of an entire production team," he says. "At the beginning, for all department heads not having a script and finding out that we should work without a script was really terrible. But as weeks of preparation progressed, it was very enriching to have conversations with Alfonso Cuarón in a direct and very constant way, where he told us about some characters. At locations, he told us how he saw them. "Fortunately on Roma, the department heads and Alfonso were more or less the same age, and therefore, their memories were in some cases shared by many of us. That helped to visualize what Alfonso told us." tt

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