In film, is there a difference between a location scout and a location manager ?

and if so what is it that each of them do?

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, there is a difference. Location Scouts research various local and distant locations to meet the criteria of settings that are in the script. Local locations refer to those areas within a 30 mile jurisdiction of the Motion Picture Association, and anything over that is considered a distant location. Location Scouts now research locations on-line, finding out as many facts as possible before making an actual trip to the location to determine if the speculated area is amenable to the film production. When visiting a proposed location, the Location Scout photographs various buildings and other sites within the speculated area for the Producers to peruse.

    Once the film is in development and into production, the Location Manager is responsible for working with all location officials to secure specific buildings and sets for the film, arranging all city, state and town permits required for filming; and generally oversees the activity of all production on the location. The Location Manager works closely with the Unit Manager and the Production Coordinator in regard to hiring of local personnel, arrangement of hotels for cast and crew; etc. Sometimes, Location Managers do the scouting of locations themselves.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They can be the same person, but they are two separate jobs. The location scount looks for a good location for specific scenes or series of scenes. They have to take into account the weather, the local laws, and how easy it will be to get everyone and their equipment to the sites. The location manager takes care of everything when the crew gets there: legal matters with the jurisdiction, dealing with the locals, coordinating the schlepping of equipment, etc. Often, the location manager will make the decision of where to set up the shoot based on the information from the scout.

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