Location Professionals were front and center at this years AFCI Locations Show! The show featured the diversity of Film Commissioners from Abu Dhabi to the Yukon. The AFCI headed by Martin Cuff consists of over 320 members from more than 40 different countries on six continents.
The LMGA Lounge screened two videos produced by Marie Healy and Fermin Davalos. showcasing what we do and highlighting our accomplishments. It was great seeing friends and associates from far and near. Making the trip from afar was Todd Christensen, Dow Griffith, Denise Collins, Rebecca “Puck” Stair, Harry Harrison, Bob Crockett and Bill Bowling.
The Daily Variety special AFCI issue featured stories about several Location Managers. David Israel, Peggy Pridemore, Ilt Jones, Marino Pascal, Lori Balton and Tony Salome were quoted in the “Digital Changes” piece and there was a special feature about our new phone app. Chris Baugh, Bill Bowling, Doug Dresser, Antonin Depardieu, Caleb Duffy, Mike Fantasia, Ilt Jones, Ed Lipscomb, Michael John Meehan and Janice Polley were spotlighted in “10 Location Managers Sound Off.”
LMGA member photos from John Hutchison, Mike Flores, Dow Griffith, John Meehan, Tom Hogan, Denise Collins, Kent Matsuoka, Tony Salome, and Kathy McCurdy appear in the current issue of Locations Magazine distributed at the show.
AND if that was not enough, LMGA members participated in two panels during the show. Lori Balton, Nancy Haecker, Doug Dresser, Mike Fantasia and Tony Salome were featured panelists in the BRIC Summit “The Location Mavericks Super Session” along with Peter Caranicas of Daily Variety and Lisa Strout, Director of Mass Film Office. Panelists discussed the impact of film incentives on location scouting.
The LMGA sponsored seminar “Getting the Most out of Your Creative Team” with Mike Fantasia, and Dow Griffith who were joined by other prominent members of the creative process including Rob Legato and Jay Redd, VFX Supervisors; John Myhre and Alex McDowell, Production Designers and John Schwartzman, Director of Photography provided a look into the valuable partnership of the creative team and the unique contributions location professionals make to the production.
Dow Griffith was asked whether the Internet made location scouting easier? He amused the crowd by asking, “Have you ever found something on the Internet and then discovered it wasn’t exactly what you thought it was? That’s the same with scouting, you need to go there and see it for yourself.” Jay Redd talked about the value of getting onto rooftops near the Chrysler Building for the making of “Spiderman” and how integral that was to the process of choosing the right locations.
He acknowledged the work of the location manager who got him onto the adjacent rooftops. “The stuff that doesn’t necessarily show up on screen but is integral to the process. But the more I think about it – the location craft supplies both: those hero locations for on screen and the logistical part critical to achieving what does show up on screen. That is so painstakingly integral to filmmaking.”
Our partnership with the AFCI proves to be productive. Marie Healy and a great number of volunteers transformed our usual booth into an inviting lounge attracting many during the show.
The LMGA’s presence at the show boosted its membership expansion with many new Industry, Active, Retired and Business Members. The show was a big success for the AFCI and for the LMGA, another giant step onto the stage.