Location Scouting 101: How You Can Pick and Successfully Manage Your Film’s Locations

Hosted by Alan Forbes

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Location & Production Manager (IDES OF MARCH, THE AVENGERS, SEABISCUIT)

Alan Forbes has served as Location Manager or Production Manager on over 40 feature films including THE IDES OF MARCH, THE INSIDER, SEABISCUIT, THE AVENGERS, CAROL AND POINT BLANK. He began his career crewing on commercials and then went into film production management. He worked for the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission and was instrumental in helping attract production dollars to Ohio and Kentucky. He currently serves on the Kentucky Film Commission. He knows first hand what it takes to find and manage locations for a film or TV project and he’s here to teach you exclusively how to do that! Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

There are two things that a production starts doing as soon as they have the “green light” - casting for actors and scouting for locations. In a way, a location scout is like a casting director for locations and to be able to manage locations take a tremendous amount of skill and organization.

Unless a film is shot entirely in a studio with sets or green screen, locations are integral to how the film will look. Anyone can become a location scout, but to become a GREAT scout and manager that people call again and again takes a keen eye, good people skills, and on-the-ground experience.

Alan Forbes has served as Location Manager or Production Manager on over 40 feature films including THE IDES OF MARCH, THE INSIDER, SEABISCUIT, THE AVENGERS, CAROL AND POINT BLANK. He began his career crewing on commercials and then went into film production management. He knows first hand what it takes to find and manage locations for a film or TV project and he’s here to teach you exclusively how to do that!

In this webinar Alan will guide you through the entire process of scouting and managing - from the moment you get the script, to when they call “Action!” on set. Alan will offer you tips and insights from his decades of location and production management experience.

Whether you are someone considering a career as a scout, or a filmmaker looking for ways to increase your production value and anticipate potential location problems, this is the webinar that will help you learn the basics about locations.

 

PLUS! You will receive a Locations Communications Handouts that you can use for your own project!

What You'll Learn

Beginning the Process

  • Most importantly it starts with the script
  • Correctly learning the director's vision

Working with Your Team

  • The importance of the production designer
  • How to scout appropriate locations
  • How to do your research

Logistics for Locations

  • Scheduling
  • "3 layer chess"
  • Locking your locations
  • Accounting and budgeting
  • What to think about and when preparing film support: Base camps, parking and comfort
  • Working with the neighbors or owners
  • Capturing clean sound on location
  • How to manage company moves
  • Putting out fires & inductive reasoning

It's a Wrap! What Happens After You're Done

  • Wrapping out
  • Cinematic postpartum

Q&A with Alan

 

About Your Instructor

Alan Forbes has served as Location Manager or Production Manager on over 40 feature films including THE IDES OF MARCH, THE INSIDER, SEABISCUIT, THE AVENGERS, CAROL AND POINT BLANK. He began his career crewing on commercials and then went into film production management. He worked for the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission and was instrumental in helping attract production dollars to Ohio and Kentucky. He currently serves on the Kentucky Film Commission. He knows first hand what it takes to find and manage locations for a film or TV project and he’s here to teach you exclusively how to do that!

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