Module 10 – Finding One’s Place: The Location Scout

One of the most often overlooked crew members is the location scout and the team who spends hours upon hours of searching for the “perfect” place to shoot scenes in a film. From the high school library used in the Breakfast Club, to the diner in Baby Driver, to Clark Kent’s farmhouse in Justice League, these non-CGI settings set the stage for audiences.

Let’s take a closer look at the art of the “Location Scout.”

Ever wondered what a TV/film location manager *does* exactly? And more importantly, why you need one? In this edition of Know Your Crew, we get to know what this position entails and why it’s so important to keep your production running smoothly.

Anthony Mason, from CBS, looks at the fascinating, yet often invisible world of movie location scouting.

Sometimes a location scout will find a place that was never designed for the director’s vision, yet with time, perseverance, blood, sweat, tears … and plenty of $$$$ a location can become exactly what you want it to be.

In the late 1980s, Oscar-winner James Cameron wanted to create an underwater sci-fi epic. This was the beginning of the CGI universe, so to create an underwater world, Cameron’s team had to find a site to build the largest ever underwater film set ever created … so they came to Gaffney, SC to a facility owned by filmmaker Earl Owenby. This is the story of the making of the Abyss … and a set that was created out of an abandoned nuclear facility.


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