Location Manager

Location managers are responsible for making all the practical arrangements for locations used for film, television or photographic shoots outside the studio. Productions are made in a range of places and location managers need to research, identify and organise access to appropriate sites.

Work Responsibilities

Tasks carried out by a location manager run from the pre-planning to completion stages of a production and may include:

  • Assessing and interpreting scripts or story boards to get an understanding of the location required
  • Meeting with the director and designer to discuss projects and working to their creative vision
  • Collating ideas and undertaking research using resources such as the internet, specialist location libraries, local and regional film commissions and agencies
  • Visiting and photographing locations appropriate to budget in order to assess suitability
  • Negotiating access and drawing up a contract with location owners
  • Organising permissions for access, for example, with local authorities and the police
  • Scheduling crew arrival dates and times and keeping all parties informed on site
  • Ensuring the technical specifications for equipment, power sources and crew accommodation on site are met
  • Ensuring compliance with health, safety and security requirements and undertaking risk assessments
  • Distributing maps and directions to locations
  • Providing all relevant support information to all services and crew
  • Arranging schedules for the day with the assistant director to ensure continuity
  • Managing the location on the day and resolving practical or people-related problems as they arise
  • Supervising location support staff throughout the process
  • Dealing with members of the public who may intrude upon a shooting location
  • Ensuring the final clearing up ('the wrap') runs smoothly and thanking site owners.


Entry Requirements 

You can become a location manager with a degree in any subject, but in particular those related to media or production will be most relevant and helpful. Related subjects include:

  • Communication or media studies
  • Design for film and television
  • Film and television production/studies
  • Media/broadcast production
  • Photography 

Skills and Interests

You need to show evidence of the following:

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of people
  • Adaptability, to deal with external factors when organising the environment required for the shoot
  • Dependability and excellent organisational, planning and administrative skills;
  • A passable knowledge of architectural styles
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • Artistic, creative awareness and competence as a photographer
  • Stamina and flexibility in order to work long hours under pressure


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