“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”


LMGA Compass is dealing with change as best we can as we say goodbye and wish our fellow editor, Marie Healy, all the best on her move to Florida to take care of family obligations. Loca- tion pro and stalwart LMGA supporter, Marie Healy was instru- mental in pointing the Compass in the right direction. Marie, you are missed, and we hope you continue to contribute to the LMGA magazine and website as soon as you get settled in your new home.

The Guild is also addressing the issue of change, as we explore rebranding as the Location Managers Guild International, with potential chapters around the world. As the LMGA proudly welcomes an increasing number of international location professionals and businesses as members, it’s time for us to grow into the future rather than retreat into safety and familiarity. We embrace our mission of promoting excellence on location worldwide. There are exciting times ahead!

In our cover story, Nancy Mills reports on Sicario, a front- runner for the 2016 LMGA Awards. Her profile of the ever- adaptable Todd Christensen examines some of the challenges his team faced in bringing this gripping tale from the border narcotics war front to the screen.

Also in this issue, Mark London Williams begins his timely series on examining safety issues for location professionals in “Storm Coming In, Part 1.” As winter winds blow, Ann Lukacs dispenses some sage advice for those contemplating working in cold weather in “Snow Use!”

With “Mental Mapping: The Neuorology of Scouting,” Rebecca “Puck” Stair examines our brain and the complexities involved in mapping out our ever-changing worlds.

This issue’s departments include an inside look at Chicago for “In My City,” “Career Focus,” “In the News” and the “Martini Shot.”

As always, we encourage your ideas for articles and photography submissions. We wish you happiness and prosperity in 2016 … change looks good on you!

Always a pleasure, never too busy,
Ken Haber, Lori Balton and Stevie Nelson