What does a Location Manager do?
The search for exactly the right location can take months of research and scouting. Work starts in pre-production, to understand the Director’s creative vision for the film. This helps the Location Manager make the right decisions about potential locations.
They also have to take into account accessibility, the shooting schedule and budget. They have to negotiate the cost and terms of the hire, crew and vehicle access, parking, noise reduction, power sources, catering requirements and any official permissions that may be needed. They often use a photographic storyboard to illustrate their findings back in the production office.
Once filming has started, Location Managers are in charge of managing all aspects of shooting in each location. They have to make sure that everyone in the cast and crew knows how to get to the filming location, that it has been signposted clearly along main routes.
During filming, Location Managers oversee the health and safety of everyone using the location.
After the shoot, have to make sure that the location cleaned and locked up, before returning it to its owners in a satisfactory condition. Any damage must be reported to the production office and any insurance claims dealt with.
Location Managers are usually the first to arrive on location and the last to leave, so the hours can be long and unsocial. On larger productions, Location Managers may supervise Assistant Location Managers and/or Location Scouts. These team members assist the Location Manager in all aspects.