Turning your home into a film set can be an extremely lucrative business. And it's not only homes that we look for, in fact, any type or real estate has the potential to become a film location. It doesn't have to be big and shiny!

The next time you watch TV, just think of all the locations that are being use, which have not been built in a studio. Alleyways, barns, warehouses, flats, houses, stately homes, coffee shops, garages etc etc etc. From the dated to the modern. From the boring to the unique. They can all be used, it just depends on the script.

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We love Harriet Lawrence. Not only is she a fantastic Location Manager, she's also a great friend. So when we saw this article about her we thought it deserved to be published on our blog.

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We often get asked about our job. Where do we start? How do we start looking for a location? Who do we speak to? Well, it's a very long list of people and organisations. Years of building contacts. And in some cases, who you know, not necessarily what you know.

Below is a pretty good list showing some of the best or most important contacts that we frequently liaise with, in order to get the ball rolling as either a UK wide or London location manager.

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Directing due US (Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor), Academy Films, are due to released their short film "Cautionary Tales", produced by Medb Riordan (academyfilms.com/us) at the Foyle Film Festival, November 2016.

Shot back in May, 2016, this project was a particular challenge for find, not only due to the typically tight short film budget, but also the specific variety of locations that all needed to be close to each other. Not to mention fitting in with a beautiful yet quirky brief.

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Business is booming, well...... it seems that way from where we're sitting. Figuratively speaking of course, as we've not actually been sitting much recently. I cannot remember the last time there were so many features being shot in the UK. Not to mention TV dramas and of course TV commercials. 

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The recently aired confused.com commercial staring James Corden was shot early July 2016. Directed by Fredrik Bond from Sonny London, Produced by Alicia Richards and shot by Crille Forsberg.

This project was a real challenge. The question posed to find in our initial meeting was "how do we film dozens of cars, in various scenes, driving throughout London, with only 4 weeks till we shoot?". The key point here is only 4 weeks till we shoot, meaning only 2 weeks prep!!! It's the single biggest problem we always face, people often forget that the dead lines for permissions are, in most cases, at least a couple of weeks before the shoot date. 

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Recently, we filmed a tv commercial in central London using a Russian Arm. For those that don't know what it is, that's it in the picture above. It is essentially a Mercedes 4x4 with a thumping great big automated crane arm attached to the roof. It all comes as one piece, on the back of a large lorry, and it's fast!

It's also dangerous. Well..... you wouldn't want to be knocked on the head by the arm as the Merc races past at 60mph..... or even at 5mph for that matter! To that end, as a location manager planning a shoot on the public highway, there are many more constraints to take into consideration.

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Some of the best places to film in London, or even simply visit, are often right under our nose. Blythe Hill Fields in SE23 has one of the very best view of the city. At night.... it's incredible!

We recently shot there for part of an SSE commercial. The city back drop features in of various scenes, but even just being there in the mid summer, lying on the grass beneath the stars and looking at that view... wow! I really cannot recommend enough to walk up to the top of the hill sometime if you're passing late at night.

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If you ever get the chance to speak to a location manager, or two, about how they got into the industry, I'm sure that no two stories would be the same. These days there are courses you can go on in various colleges, but, speaking as someone who's been in the industry well over a decade I fall into the camp of "there's nothing better than experience". It's just one of those jobs. This is obviously just my opinion - I'm sure plenty would disagree.

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