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Are you an Assistant Location Manager, Unit Manager or even LM looking to take on bigger, more ambitious projects, develop your creativity and progress your career?

If so, this new training programme is for you.

The Key Skills for Location Managers programme is free thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills High-end Television and Film Skills Funds made up of contributions from high-end TV productions produced in the UK.

The training course will give you a thorough grounding in the key logistical, managerial and budgeting skills needed to Location Manager successfully. 

More than that, it will develop your creativity to help you translate a world imagined by a screen writer into one that can be filmed, teaching you how to work with a production designer and director to realise their vision, often to shoot something that has ‘’never been seen before.’’ 

The course is being delivered at locations around the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London.   

Taught by hugely experienced Supervising Location Managers – with credits including Saving Private Ryan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ex Machina, Casino Royale, Game of Thrones, the Olympics Opening Ceremony, The Split, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Game of Thrones and many more - the course will take place over 2 days of face-to-face training, followed by 4 online evening sessions.

Course Content

Delegates will learn crucial skills including how to interpret a brief, breakdown a script, research and recce locations, enhance their photographic skills and presentation, build a rapport with a production designer and director, put together and manage a budget, and develop a clear career plan. The course will also have a strong emphasis on the soft skills required of Location Managers – from communication to building a relationship with key creatives and HoDs – as well as managing your own well-being in what is a highly stressful role.

Key elements of the course include: 

  • Role of the Location Manager, and making the transition
  • Interpreting a brief
  • Breaking down a script
  • Researching and recceing locations
  • In the car – building a relationship with your production designer & director
  • Coordinating with the HoDs
  • Budgeting
  • Legals and Health & Safety
  • Being the boss – managing a team of ALM
  • Enhancing your location photography – tools, shot composition, designer’s preference
  • How to present your boards / pictures
  • Greening your production
  • Planning your career as a Location Manager  

 Delegates will also get a one-on-one mentoring session with one of our tutors.

Who is delivering the course

The training is being delivered by DV Talent, the school for film and TV professionals, supported by  
Our tutors are acclaimed Supervising Location Managers and Production Designers, with credits including Saving Private Ryan, Olympics Opening Ceremony, Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Special Ops: Lioness, Marvel Eternals, Transformers - The Last Knight, Murder Mystery , Game of Thrones and much much more.

Tutors confirmed for London course – 6 & 7 April:
Jane Soans – Supervising Location Manager - Sherlock Holmes, The Split, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Alex Gladstone – Supervising Location Manager – Saving Private Ryan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ex Machina, Casino Royale, Philomena

Eligibility and to apply

Delegates need to have a proven track-record as Assistant Location Managers, Unit Managers or Location Managers working in HETV or film

We are particularly keen to recruit delegates from underrepresented groups, including lower socio-economic backgrounds to help the industry become more representative of the audiences it serves.

We have some bursaries to help with travel, care-costs and accessibility. 

Where is it taking place?

The first course is in Cardiff. 

  • Sat 13 & Sun 14 January – face-to-face – 10.00—17-00
  • Weds 17, 24 & 31 January & 7 February - online/ zoom – 18:30—21:00
  • Application deadline 29th December 2023 
  • Next Course is in London 

London Course
  • Sat 6 & Sun 7 April – face-to-face – 10.00—17-00
  • Weds 10,17, 24 April & 1 May - online/ zoom – 18:30—20:30
  • Application deadline 22nd March

Next Course in Glasgow
  • 18 & 19 May – face to face-  10- 17:00
  • Weds 22nd, 29th May & 5th 12th June- online/zoom

LAST CHANCE: Fully Online Course
  • 22 & 23 June - face to face - 10- 17:00
  • Weds 3rd, 10th  , 17th, 24th July- online/zoom

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