Location Managers Guild International

Fall 2022

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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Photos courtesy of Apple, except as noted MUD, SWEAT AND TEARS: THE MAKING OF THE ESSEX SERPENT tt by Jared Cowan SLM Harriet Lawrence weathers the tides where landscape inspires a story and brings an ancient myth to life… Just before the United Kingdom went into lockdown in early 2020, supervising location manager Harriet Lawrence/LMGI was gifted a book by a friend and fellow location manager who knew that its sweeping theme of science vs. superstition played out against historic and dramatic settings would be of interest to her. The book was The Essex Serpent, the 2016 gothic romance novel by Sarah Perry. And the gesture proved serendipitous. "That same afternoon, I had a phone call from See-Saw Films saying they had this job—and it was for The Essex Serpent!" exclaims Lawrence. She headed to Essex, an historic county of eastern England that extends along the North Sea coastline between the Thames and Stour Estuaries. But after only a few weeks, her scouting was curtailed when the UK government announced its first stay-at-home order because of COVID and the impending pandemic. In between stints of gardening and baking, Lawrence had the time to delve into the novel. She became consumed with researching the mysterious, edge-of-the-world landscape in which it's set. Eager and restless, she mentally ticked off where she would look to find the worlds described in the story: Victorian London and a period fishing village perched by the sea. The Essex Serpent follows the journey of amateur naturalist Cora Seaborne, played with fierce intelligence by Claire Danes. She feels caged in her upper-class London home where she is kept like a prized bird by her much older and abusive husband. When he dies, she is free to follow her passion—and follow up on reported sightings of a "sea dragon" stalking the waters and marshy inlets of Essex.

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