There are many unsung heroes on the set of your favorite movies and television shows. One of these is the Location Manager. "Locations on Two" is a podcast featuring lively banter and stories from the trenches of production with the people behind some of your favorite movies and television shows. Join us where the real work gets done on set, "Locations on Two."
The creative role of a location manager during the early stages of production development one that involves a special and collaborative relationship with the production designer and director. During her decades as a film maker, Maida Morgan has become one of those trusted few invited to fulfill this role. She was first introduced to film making after a chance encounter with Steve McQueen as a child. She has since gone on to work with some of the top directors, designers, cinematographers ...
What is the perfect environment in which to train a fantastic Location Manager? Apparently, by working as a field producer and researcher for "Ripley's Believe it or Not." After her tenure researching stories for Ripley's, Veronique Vowell transitioned into locations by working on such feature films as "Tango & Cash." But, she truly found her rhythm working in episodic television. By meeting the challenges managing such diverse shows as "Grey's Anatomy" to "Little Fires Everywhere,"
Mike Riley & The Walking Dead
On previous episode we discussed the impact that locations can have on a production, but we have yet to talk about the impact that a production can have on the location. In an ironic twist, Senoia, GA, the primary site of filming for "The Walking Dead" was originally named "Location" by the settlers that started the town. Mike Riley has been the location manager on AMC's post apocalyptic pandemic series since day one and joins us on Locations on Two!
TAYLOR & AMPAH (PART 2)
There is no doubt that a location scout can impact the look and feel of a production, but how much can a location manager also shape the script? Alison is the most prominent African American woman working as a location manager and we were just getting started with her story when we wrapped the last episode. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Kokayi was also the first recipient of the LMGI's "Location Manager of the Year"
Koayai Ampah & Alison Taylor
Kokayi Ampah has worked on everything from Knight Rider & The A Team to the Shawshank Redemption. The first African-American location manager is also a member of the Academy. Alison Taylor is an industry veteran and the most prominent African American woman working in locations manager today. Welcome again to the back channel where the real work gets done on set, "Locations on Two!"
Prior to its release, much was made of the fact that Michael Mann's 1995 LA crime drama "Heat" would be the first movie to feature De Niro and Pacino onscreen together in the same scene. Lori Balton would soon learn how critical the setting for this scene was to Mr. Mann and the creative team when every restaurant location that she brought in for consideration was rejected. We discuss how this played out and much much more ...