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Shoot on Location: The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your Budget or Experience

Shoot on Location: The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your Budget or Experience

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Industry veteran Kathy M. McCurdy provides everything you need to know to get out on location-from how to break down the script, public relations tips for successful location scouting, negotiating with property owners, permitting on public property, how to handle complaints, and even where to put the very unattractive port-a-potties.
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Kathy McCurdy, who, as director of features at the San Diego Film Commission, worked on such films as Almost Famous, Transformers 2, Traffic, and Mr. Wrong. As a location manager, she has been credited on films such as The Price She Paid, Tainted Blood, Rubdown, and Accidental Meeting. She spent fifteen years as the SD Film Commissioner and continues to speak about location shooting every semester at various film schools. Key Features: * Delivers the universal step-by-step process for managing location shoots using industry standard guidelines and real-life examples from actual filming situations * Includes samples of all of the legal forms and contract necessary for shooting off the lot and covers everything from script breakdown, negotiation with property owners, and even where to put the porta-potties * Loaded with real tips and how-to's for every level of scouting, shooting, and wrapping-up You have a strong vision for how your movie should look, but how do you find the perfect spot to shoot and how do you organize the complex logistics of such a shoot once you find that perfect location? In this comprehensive guide, industry veteran Kathy M. McCurdy provides everything you need to know to get out on location-from how to break down the script, public relations tips for successful location scouting, negotiating with property owners, permitting on public property, how to handle complaints, and even where to put the very unattractive port-a-potties. It also includes samples of all the different forms and contracts you'll need and breaks down everything from where to park the trucks to when you need police on the set. Filled with real-life examples and actual filming situations, Shoot on Location provides everything you need to know from scouting through the wrap. I can personally attest to Kathy McCurdy's wisdom on her chosen subject-her book will prove invaluable to anyone interested in smoothly and cost-effectively producing a movie. It's a very readable treasure trove of useful information. -Ilt Jones, Location Manager, Hellboy, Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen, Inception  McCurdy's book is a joy to read and her depiction of our profession is both honest and thoughtful. -The Location Managers Guild of America (www.locationmanagers.org) The ultimate test of a good location manager is to be invited back with open arms-this book can help make that happen for you! -Lori Balton, Location Scout,  Seabiscuit, Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean Contents: Off the Lot: Why Shoot on Location?; The Business of the Biz; Location Shooting; Before You Shoot; Shoot Then Wrap; What If; Appendix