Location Managers Guild International

Spring 2021

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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He had a hand in the creation of the fantastical rocky formations of the Red Planet and oversaw the seing for the ancient Direwolves. Calgary- based location pro Mike Johansen/LMGI shares the ups and downs of doing the job in the digital ageā€¦ WORKING WITH VFX by Mike Johansen @open_myke There's been a peak of interest this year in new technology to help us do our jobs as scouts and LMs. Especially as those jobs became more out of focus for some of us as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, or as I call it, "Lock-up!" I had worked with the VFX team on Lost in Space S2 to create the Red Planet in the Badlands of Alberta, Canada. It was that and really several projects between 2018 and 2019 that allowed me to understand how the technologies of photogrammetry* and LiDAR* impact the department in regards to production schedules and scope of work. The pace of technological advancement is staggering at this moment in near-history. By the time you read this, some of it may already be out of date! But these few projects offer such interesting & unique applications, I'd be remiss not to mention them here. Photos courtesy of Mike Johansen/LMGI, except where noted. The Badlands, Alberta, Canada. Inset: The Badlands as seen in Lost in Space episode "The Red Planet," photo courtesy of Netflix

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