Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Why Locations Managers pay for themselves.

“The most stressful work is definitely that of a location manager” this is advice I was given on the first production I worked on back in 2003. The very first words if you are interested were “please get a decaf vanilla latte with no cream for the director”

We all know this job can be a stressful, but very rewarding. Over the years I always used to deal with location managers exclusively. Typically these guys are very cool under pressure, manage property owners well and certainly know what they are doing. Now that I’m running a location agency  I’m noticing progressively that more and more productions have now got the production manager, producer and even the director to fill the role. All well and good if it is low budget and you need to cut costs, but in my experience this method can never match the efficiency you will get by hiring an experienced Location Manager.

I have just completed another shoot which did not have a location manager on board. The shoot did not go well. Along with various parking issues they encountered on the shoot day, the production also took it upon themselves to redecorate parts of the property without prior permission. Needless to say the resulting parking fines and the cost of redecoration far exceeded what a location manager would have cost for the shoot period. In my humble opinion this production got let off fairly lightly, I’ve also encountered shoots that have occurred on private property without ANY prior permission, on these occasions the cost to the production has been significantly more given that the whole team have been thrown off site and spent the rest of the day with nothing to do. 

Who knows the answer to this in the long run. It is understood that a production will always be limited by the budget they are given but I would have thought that the quantifiable cost of a location manager would be far more favourable than the unknown and potentially disastrous costs that may arise from not having one?

Friday, 21 January 2011

2011 Now Getting Started!!!

So we here at Ad Locations are really starting to pick up. Production is getting well underway and we are all very excited for the New Year. We have got some amazing locations we are uploading over the next few weeks so watch this space.

In addition remember to sign up to our new Google Group UK Locations where all location managers and scouts can discuss & share new location options and have a general chat about the industry. If you would like to join and have not yet received an invite, please visit www.ad-locations.com and contact us via our website.

Best Regards

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sent Our First Promo Email. The Launch is Official!!!

So we have finally sent out our first email and we are ready to roll.

Make sure to subscribe to our email as this month we have a very special offer which can save your production a nice little sum of money. Every little helps before the build up to Christmas. To subscribe, just email alex@ad-locations.com and will get you on the list.

We are all very excited here. We have some great locations to show all of you and we have some really exciting multi-faceted sites which will come on to the website in the next few weeks, so be sure to check our updates.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

So Close to the Launch. We are almost there!!!

Dear followers of Ad Locations. It's seems to have taken a life time, but we are on the cusp of finishing the website and offically launching. Both myself and James cannot wait. Watch this space!!!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Ad Locations has Arrived!!!

After years in the making Ad-Locations has finally arrived, bringing some of the most exciting locations the UK has to offer.

Our database has over 2000 different locations to choose from. We are quick, simple and easy to use.

Come visit us on our website http://www.ad-locations.com/ and take a look at our ever growing database.

If you can't find what you are looking for, give us a call or email. Many of our locations are still being added. We can always email over images to whatever you are looking for.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!!!