Location Managers Guild International

Fall 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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Location Manager Robert Bentley/LMGI Survives by Shaun O'Banion All photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment except where noted. Problem-solving, facing fear, overcoming obstacles—are escape rooms, a heightened version of moviemaking and perhaps—life? LOCKED IN Picture this: A group of people—o en friends or colleagues, but sometimes complete strangers—willingly enter a room and are then locked inside. To get out, they must work together to solve a puzzle or series of puzzles in a given amount of time. The time it takes to "escape" from the room can vary anywhere from 45 minutes up to an hour and a half, depending on the skill level of the teams and intensity of the room. There are so-called linear rooms, in which the puzzles have a set order, and nonlinear rooms, in which the puzzles are chaotic and extremely complex. For some people, this might sound like a nightmare, but for a growing contingent, the experience is an exhilarating obsession. They're called "escape rooms" and they've become big business both in the United States and abroad. Recently, they've even become a staple for U.S. corporations that use the rooms for team-building exercises. Jumping on board this global phenomenon, Sony Pictures Screen Gems released Escape Room in 2019. Building on the phenomenal success of the fi rst fi lm, the sequel—Escape Room: Tournament of Champions—was not far behind. Also fi lmed in South Africa, it has just been released. When LM Robert Bentley came on board the project he was well equipped for the challenge not yet realizing that—metaphorically speaking—he would also be plotting his own escape. "My friend and colleague, Deon Du Preez/LMGI, did the fi rst fi lm and was working on the second one when he had a personal issue that required him to step away. I took over the show from him and had to hit the ground running. Fortunately, I had a good KALM to bring me up to speed," he says. ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

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