The location scout is a vital person in the pre-production stage of filmmaking and commercial photography. Once creatives, scriptwriters, producers or directors/photographers have decided what kind of scenery they require for the various parts of their work that is shot outside of the studio, the search for a suitable film or photo shoot location starts outside the studio. Location scouts also look for generally spectacular or interesting locations beforehand, to have a database of locations in case of requests. read also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location_scouting
Location scouts often negotiate legal access to film, movie & photo shoot locations or this will be the important part for the location manager.
A location scout does much of the actual research, footwork and photography to document location possibilities. Often the Location Manager will do some scouting himself, as well as the Assistant Location Manager.
Oversees the Locations Department and its staff, typically reporting directly to the Production Manager and/or Assistant Director (or even Director and/or Executive Producer). The Location Manager is responsible for final clearing (or guaranteeing permission to use) a location for filming and must often assist Production/Finance Dept(s) in maintaining budget management regarding actual location/permit fees as well as labor costs to production for himself and the Locations Department at large.
Assistant Location Manager
Works with the Location Manager and the various departments in arranging technical scouts for the essential staff (grips, electric, camera, etc) to see options which the Location Manager has selected for filming. The Assistant Location Manager will be onset during the filming process to oversee the operation, whereas the Location Manager continues preproduction from elsewhere (generally an office) on the upcoming locations. (Note: On most location-based television shows, there will be two Assistant Location Managers that alternate episodes, allowing one to prep an upcoming episode while the other is on set with the current one.)
A film crew might have the following titled positions staffed in regard to the Locations Department. Many of the positions often "cross over" or a member of the department might "wear several hats".
Special Research, Consultancy & Production Services
Ambassador and Personal coach, as well line producer, working close with the Production house and/or Client for a better co-ordination when shooting in a foreign country.
We do anything and everything to find the best location and to make a location shoot go smoothly, either a TV Commercial or Still Photo shoot.
Each locationscout assignment is a new and different challenge. This is why agencies, photographers or directors (customers) come to us, after visiting the average stock agencies/images first. It's a true profession!
It's our reputation, this is why Team MaPiTo is travelling worldwide, 'the eye'.
Scouting locations is an addiction, a hobby that has turned into a great job that require many talents and great patience. There's no such thing as the typical backpacker who knows some nice places. We work with partners, teams of highly experienced location managers, with a background in feature films, television dramas & TV commercials, and stills photographic shoots.
Travelling, delays, driving, communication, deadlines, everything to find a better location with the newest "tools and ingredients". Nowadays there is a considerable advantage to pooling knowledge. By working together, sharing expertise and information. According to your brief and within budget.
Past clients of locationscout team MaPiTo:
Damen Shipyards, Velthuyse en Mulder, Danone, V&D, InBev, Skoda, DMV, Atradius, Arcadis, Accenture, Philips, Campina, InBev, Volvo, Nokia, Mees Pierson, ABN/AMRO, Kellogs, Texaco.
Other Clients include:
Fortis, Océ Technologies, Well o Well, KPN Telecom, PTT Post, ANWB, Centraal Beheer, Interpolis, ING bank, Rabobank, Wernld, Matinique, Arrow, Lady Arrow, Bad Boys, Hij, Zij, Onyx, Elle, Bij, Foxy, Elegance, Avant Garde, Miss Vogue, Silhouette, Sandwich, AMICI, DSM, Hunkemöller, Cointreau, Kuppers Holsch , Amstel, Stella Artois, Dommelsch, Brand, Grolsch, Bols, Saab, Mercedes Benz (S-C-A-klasse-4x4), Peugeot 406, Honda, Citroën, Chrysler, Scania, Smiths, Volkswagen, Suzuki, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault Safrane, Renault Espace, Renault(G), Audi, Citröen(G), Ford(G), DAF trucks, Batavus, IBM, All, Compaq, Koninklijke Marine, Management Team, Rijkswaterstaat, Friese Vlag, Black & Decker,TPG-TNT, Voetbal Magazine, Algemeen Dagblad, Sony, Pulsar, EMS/Citycourier, NasTec, Guhl, NS, Sterpolisverzekering, Robeco, Bokma, Max(G), Leerdammer,Reiffeissen & Volksbank(G), Euroliner, Scania, Avero, Getrankedosen Herstelle(G), Moret Ernst & Young, Raet, Cannon Europe, Sparkasse(G), Compaq, CEBUCO, Aegon, Samsonite, Aruba tourist office, Haagse Hogeschool, Ericksson Mobiles, Enertel, Alcatel, Iglo, TripperJeans, Albert Heijn, Drum, Peter Stuyvesant, Agio, Invite, VROM, VSM, Davitamon, Zantac.
Team MaPiTo, location scouts / locatie scouts, managers, researchers & fixers