Behind the Scenes: The Locations Department

28th Feb 2024

The glamour and allure of the film industry often shine brightest on the actors, directors, and producers. However, behind every movie, there’s a team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that every scene is prepared and shot in the perfect location.  Welcome to the world of the Locations Department, the unsung heroes who are the backbone of keeping a film set running smoothly.

Production Assistant (PA)

The entry point for many aspiring filmmakers, the Production Assistant is the jack-of-all-trades on set. They assist with various tasks, including setting up and breaking down equipment, coordinating transportation, and running errands. PAs are the first to arrive and the last to leave, often working long hours to ensure the production stays on schedule.

Locations Manager

Often referred to as the “LM,” the Locations Manager is responsible for scouting and securing filming locations. They work closely with the director and production designer to find the perfect settings that bring the script to life. The LM also handles permits, negotiations with property owners, and coordinates logistics for the cast and crew.

Assistant Locations Manager (ALM)

The ALM works closely with the Locations Manager to assist in all aspects of location scouting and management. They help coordinate the logistics of filming, including parking for cast and crew, ensuring the location is left in its original condition, and managing the needs of the production on set.

Locations Scout

A crucial member of the team, the Locations Scout is responsible for finding potential filming locations. They travel far and wide, scouting everything from urban landscapes to remote wilderness areas, to find the perfect backdrop for each scene. Scouts must have a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the script’s requirements to find locations that fit the director’s vision.

Why They Are Essential

The Locations Department is essential to the filmmaking process for several reasons. Firstly, they help create the visual identity of the film, selecting locations that enhance the story and capture the audience’s imagination. Secondly, they ensure the smooth running of the production by handling logistics, permits, and other practicalities. Finally, they play a crucial role in budget management, finding cost-effective solutions that meet the production’s needs without breaking the bank.

While the glamour of Hollywood often focuses on the stars, it’s important to remember the hardworking individuals behind the scenes who make movie magic happen! The Locations Department may not always be in the spotlight, but their dedication and expertise are what bring the world of the film to life. So, next time you watch a movie, take a moment to appreciate the work of the Locations Department.

Fun Fact!:

In 1910, architect J. S. Helyer designed our filming location The Dominion that, back then, was the tallest building in the British Empire. Standing at 147 feet, 6 inches. Its reign as the tallest was short-lived, though, as the nearby Sun Tower (also one of our filming locations) surpassed it just a couple of years later.

Lukas Johnston


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