LMGI ‘Aspires’ at Manhattan’s One World Observatory

by Les Fincher

Photo courtesy of Les Fincher

In March, Guild members attended the World Trade Center Film & TV Scout Showcase presented by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in partnership with the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development. 

The successful event was held in the “Aspire” space at One World Observatory. This 9,000-square-foot event space atop New York’s tallest building provides a versatile location for business and social events. The 102nd floor sun-filled observatory presents commanding 50-mile views. The event showcased the unique locations at the World Trade Center’s 16-acre site. The collective hosts delivered a sincere welcome to the location scout community with open invitations for cooperative visits and production solutions.  

New York-based LMGI members networked the benefits of Guild membership to various attendees and directly to the hosts. An incredible sunset topped off the truly special event with one of the finest views in the United States. The privilege of being part of this unforgettable event was a reminder of the respect and importance of the location scout/manager role in major film and television production. 

Les Fincher, Jim Ayoub and John Hutchinson. Photo courtesy of Les Fincher

Special thanks to our stakeholders: the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development; the NY/NJ Port Authority (Oculus, Liberty Park); Silverstein Properties (3 WTC, 4 WTC, 7 WTC); Durst (One WTC); Legends (One World Observatory); SNY Studios (4 WTC, 49th, 50th floors); and Westfield (Oculus retail and plaza).