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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52 • LMGI COMPASS | Spring 2021 DODD VICKERS: Location Ambassador with a Microphone by Su Fang Tham There is a new voice in the blogosphere. In deep mellow tones, Georgia-based location manager Dodd Vickers/LMGI converses with his fellow location pros to mine the "back channels where the work gets done" on his podcast, Locations on Two. Behind-the-scenes stories animate the interviews, revealing in often hilarious detail, how location pros use their wits and know-how to solve complex logistical issues and deliver on what sometimes seem like impossible location asks. The inaugural podcast features an hour-long interview with 2014 LMGI Awards winner Ilt Jones/LMGI, the veteran British location manager of mega-blockbusters Black Panther, Iron Man 3 and Kong: Skull Island. In the business for a little over a decade, Vickers boasts a long list of credits, including HBO's crime drama Sharp Objects, director Denis Villeneuve's crime mystery Prisoners and Netflix's series sequel of the Karate Kid films, Cobra Kai. He realized early on that the role location pros play in the production process is often misunderstood. Since the location team is most visible on set handling logistics for everything from parking, catering, and location access to securing filming permits, the part of the job that happens before the crew arrives often goes unnoticed. "Most people don't realize the critical role we play in the creative process. We're often one of the first people to get that script, sometimes months before principal photography," he explains. Photos courtesy of Dodd Vickers/LMGI

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