Location Managers Guild International

Summer 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 | Summer 2021 LMGI: THE NEXT GENERATION BY PAUL MESSANA They're young, smart and enthusiastic about what they do. In this occasional column, KALM Paul Messana, a genXer himself, talks with the upcoming generation of location professionals on the rise. PROFILE ON: MEREDITH HODDER HOME BASE: Whistler, BC, Canada POSITION: Location Manager and Scout PAUL MESSANA: Tell me about where you are from and what got you interested in the industry. MEREDITH HODDER: I am originally from South Carolina and have always been fascinated with exploring the world. As a kid, I poured over issues of National Geographic with a sense of wonderment. After completing an undergraduate degree in art history at the College of Charleston, I had a real urge to travel the world and see all the places I had learned about. I thought that getting a job in international television production might be a way to achieve this goal, so I moved to Los Angeles to begin the journey. PM: What was your experience working in Los Angeles? MH: I started off working as an assistant to a motion picture agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). This was my crash course in how the industry worked. It was great because I met so many people with insight into upcoming productions. When I heard that this new CBS show called Survivor was hiring, I jumped at the chance! I was one of the fi rst four people hired on the Survivor franchise—and the rest is history. I began as the assistant to the co-executive producer, but eventually moved onto casting and contestant coordinating. I traveled with contestants to the location and, since they were not allowed to return home until fi lming was completed, I had to manage where they hung out when they were voted off the competition. I wound up working on the series for 10 seasons! This opportunity paved the way to The Amazing Race. I was fi rst hired to contestant manage and then moved into producing the "Pit Stops," which were the ending point for each leg of the race. I then moved onto fi eld producing. I worked on AR for seven seasons and truly realized my goal of seeing the world! Ice Caves, Whistler All photos courtesy of Meredith Hodder/LMGI

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