Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855
These concepts are not new but are even more urgent and relevant in today’s world. As modern man’s capacity for invention and destruction continues at an ever accelerating pace we are faced with the permanent consequences of some of our actions—an environment or location once damaged or destroyed by carelessness may be lost to us forever.
In this issue we examine the complexities involved in preserving locations for future generations to use and enjoy in Martin Cuff’s “Extreme Measures, Standard Practice.” Our cover story features an interview with decidedly green filmmaker Darren Aronofsky on the making of the environmentally themed “Noah.” Shannon Mullen also discusses the challenges of working in environmentally sensitive locations with the 2014 LMGA award winning location manager Robbie Boake in “Game of Thrones Season 4: The Multi-headed Beast is Back”.
We join Chris Fuentes on the red carpet for the first annual Location Managers Guild Awards. Held on March 29 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, the awards were an SRO celebration of worldwide location professionals’ achievements this past year. The star-studded gala included Billy Crystal, Cheryl Boone Isaacs (AMPAS President), Haskell Wexler, and Shari Belefonte, as well as members of the industry press corps. It was a glorious night.
Our departments in each issue include “Tech Talk,” “Career Focus,” “In My City,” “In The News,” and “Martini Shot.” Articles and photography submissions by members are always encouraged.
With the approach of Spring, we hope you enjoy this green issue. We take our job as stewards of the environment and community seriously. We are pleased that the LMGA Compass provides a voice for these concerns.
In closing, we would be remiss to not light a candle for Camera Assistant Sarah Jones who was tragically killed on location. We will not forget, and hope that you join us and take a stand for environmental safety.