The LMGI is fast becoming the town square for location professionals around the world. We seek to continually expand our global village. In this issue, the LMGI Compass celebrates our version of the British Invasion with a look at some of our talented members across the pond. It has been gratifying to watch the LMGI successfully grow into its newly minted brand, offering members around the world a way to connect with their colleagues and share their knowledge and experiences.
In our cover story, “Out of This World,” reporter Nancy Mills looks at the storied career of renaissance location manager Emma Pill, who recently worked on Blade Runner 2049. Pill discovers reimagination is the key to creating a new world order with designer Dennis Gassner in this long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic masterpiece.
Former NPR reporter-turned-producer Shannon Mullen had a sit-down with “All the King’s Men,” hanging out at a London pub with Andrew Buckley and Vinnie Jassal to discuss their work on the newest entry to the hot Kingsman franchise, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Through the laughter and deprecation, a strong sense of location professionalism emerged. Sign us up to join that team!
“Career Focus” follows the illustrious métier of David O’Reilly … from a child posing as the caped crusader running around the streets of South London, to bringing Batman to film in those very streets of Croyden, to scouting for Rogue One’s galaxies far, far away. O’Reilly offers an ironic look at his trajectory, most recently culminating in directing Kubrick by Candlelight.
We then swing over to endlessly photogenic Iceland with a brilliant retrospective on the photography from LMGI members who have participated in numerous Fam Tours held since 2009. We are delighted to note that this article is a precursor to an exhibit that will open in Los Angeles in 2018 and then travel … keep this in mind as a model … it’s a great win-win to show off fabulous, film-friendly locations while showcasing the extraordinary photography skills of our members.
We give a shout-out to our Canadian members in our featured column, “In My City.” Toronto location pro John Rakich gives us a private tour through the place he calls home. Additional columns include “In the News” which showcases LMGI Fam Tours of the USAF, South Korea and our continued success at Comic-Con International.
On a sober note, our hearts go out to our fallen colleagues and their families and friends. There are very real dangers lurking on the edges of our “movie magic” worlds. In light of what happened to our compadres, Ed French and Carlos Muñoz Portal, we urge you to please stay safe out there…
Always a pleasure, never too busy,
Ken Haber, Lori Balton and Stevie Nelson