Sky Earth Hour | A Day In Location Assisting

 

My name is Will, I’m a location assistant for Locate Productions and I was part of the team on one of the latest Sky ads. Locate Productions sourced the location from the location library and location managed the shoot.


Skys’ latest ad campaign aims to promote, encourage and celebrate the efforts of the WWF group who, every year run ‘Earth Hour’; “an annual global celebration where people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet”. Within the campaign, over the last month Sky have been promoting their ‘Earth Hour’ ad, using one of our great residential locations down in Surrey.

Shot in February. There was a prep day included within the schedule, which allowed for Locate Productions, myself and Nick Williams to come in early with Ben Myhill and his Art Direction team to prepare the house for the next days shooting.

Once all flooring was protected across all three floors of the location, with Corex and carpet protective film; the team proceeded to rearrange and redecorate sections of rooms, and install props. There were 4 sections of the house and garden in total to prepare for the camera crew and director, Bradley Reiman.

Shoot Day:

With a crew of around 40, the day started at a fast pace, despite a reasonable call time of 9am. The day had been categorised into sections, sections which were divided up based on scenarios within the house.

Scenario 1: Was shot in the first bedroom. It featured a young girl reading a book under the bedcovers using a torch. For this scene the Gaffer crew had to black out the windows and a smoke machine was introduced to enhance the light beam from the torch on the cameras.

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Scenario 2:  The next shot moved up into the attic bedroom, which had been completely redecorated with space posters and other astrological toys. Wardrobe doors were changed and other props were introduced. New beds were brought in so that the two lead boys could jump about on the bed and act out a light war with their torches. Again the rooms had to be blacked out, and smoke machine introduced to create an atmospheric environment and allow for the torch lights to show up.

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Lunch:  The team broke for lunch, and we were driven to location base. Where familiar faces got to mingle as well as be introduced to the unfamiliar. The crew were a particularly friendly bunch and numbers and contact details were certainly exchanged. Lunch was made particularly special due to Bruce and his catering team, ‘For Goodness Sakes’, Who always deliver great, healthy meals with lots of choice. The stand out meal for myself was the spinach and feta pie, served with a delicious nutty salad. Cheese and biscuits are always provided and always delight Nick, when I bring them back to location.

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Scenario 3:  This is a scenario I hardly managed to see the workings of due to preparing easy-ups and other bits for the 4th scenario. It was the kitchen gathering, which you can see in the promo vid. From what I heard in the hallway outside, the ‘Fake’ laughter was particularly hilarious from the crew and the actors, to get the perfect shot of a group of friends having fun over candle lit dinner. During prep day, this was a room that involved a lot of props to be brought in, it shows off well in the footage.

Scenario 4:  The garden shot involved the transportation of gas burners, easy-ups and concrete slabs to protect the ground. Unfortunately it had been a pretty miserable day, and it only got worse as night fell, as did the rain. The scene involved friends and family sitting around a camp fire. This fire was created by the gas burner and everyone sat under the easy-ups as the rain pounded heavily. There were a further two easy-ups providing shelter for the camera crew, director and 1st and 2nd AD, Paul Mcann and Peter Bromfield.

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Wrap: There was a scenario added towards the end of the shoot, which involved turning off the light, heading into the garden. Once this shot was wrapped, the standard protocol of trying to get out before overtime commenced.

Myself and Nick had already gone behind each scene once they were finished with each spot, and cleared up, removing any flooring protection and returning the room back to it’s original state. Closing off rooms is also important once a scene is done. This saves a lot of time when crew are looking for items that have been misplaced and avoids damage to the property.

Earth Hour was a lovely shoot with a great team and friendly actors. Nice shoots always add to the atmosphere and productivity of the team, which somehow seems to reflect the mood on the day, within the footage.


Be sure to take part in Earth Hour, 19th March at 8:30pm – 9:30pm, where people will be turning out the lights globally in aid to celebrate our world and give a rest to the vast surges of energy. Watch the promo footage on our Youtube here

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At Home with British Gas

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Locate Productions are pleased to present the first round of a new campaign for British Gas! All of the domestic locations for this job were sourced from our extensive Location Library. The images were shot by renowned Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, represented by Wyatt-Clarke + … Continue reading

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Locate are looking for a Production Assistant!

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Locate Productions – Production Assistant Job Description

The Company and the Role

Locate Productions, one of the UK’s leading location and photographic production companies, are looking for a Production Assistant to help produce photographic shoots, liaise with clients and assist the rest of the team. Locate Productions finds, organises and produces location shoots for the TV and photographic industry all over the UK and abroad.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To assist the Production Manager and Director in producing stills photographic shoots, both in the office and on location.
  • To help interpret new client briefs and assist in the estimating process.
  • To carry out administrative tasks such as organising couriers, caterers and other suppliers.
  • To organise letter-drops, movement orders and call sheets.
  • To help prepare for shoots by being responsible for permits and model releases.
  • Uploading research, recce, casting and prop photographs to the website.

Key Attributes:

  • You will be given a thorough induction and training for the role, but we require:
  • An interest in production, including a basic understanding of photographic equipment and jargon.
  • The ability to work both in a team and under own initiative.
  • An understanding of OSX and Microsoft office.
  • Strong organisation skills and the ability to prioritise a workload.
  • Strong written and verbal skills. Friendly and confident telephone manner.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced media environment, as part of a tight knit team.
  • To hold a clean UK drivers license.

Job Details:

  • Competitive salary dependant on experience including company performance related bonus.
  • Based on a 40 hour week at the Locate Productions office in Battersea, SW8.
  • 21 paid days holiday plus public holidays.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to locate@locateproductions.com addressed ‘Production Assistant’. To arrive no later than 29th February 2016. Interviews to be staged from 2nd to 4th March 2016. Any questions, please call Sarah or Amanda on 0207 978 1688.

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Locate Productions supports Dylan Collard; Ages of us.

Agesofus_GroupLocate Productions is a proud supporter of the latest exhibition by photographer Dylan Collard, installed in the underbelly and event space of Mother London.

The project Ages of us presents a striking collection of ‘165 people, 23 locations and over 3000 miles around California’ all photographed and interviewed sitting on the out of place bench Dylan took everywhere with him on his epic journey.

A ‘photography and audio project about age, generations, the journey of life and how our priorities change as we travel through the three stages of Youth, Middle and Old Age,’ in the left seat; 0-25 year old subjects, the middle seat; 25 – 50 years old, and the right seat; 50+ year olds.

The bench was displayed at the launch against a backdrop of an American landscape where you could sit and have your photo taken and added to the project website and social media platforms to become part of the project.

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Downstairs at Mother: 10 Redchurch St, London E2 7DD

Exhibition Run: February 1st -13th 2016

#locateproductions #sponsors #dylancollard #agesofus #exhibition #motherlondon

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Sharing the Dream with Estée Lauder

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This Valentine’s Day saw thousands of people line the streets of central London to soak up the spectacle of the Chinese New year parade and take part in the biggest celebrations outside China

To mark the start of the year of the monkey on 8 February, Estée Lauder released this #ShareTheDream short film for their Chinese market created by Good Films and Piro.

We provided scouting services to find a Dickensian London street where it would be possible to shoot at night. They also required a very grandiose staircase and a rooftop for the magical air balloon escape scene.

As the shoot was late and mid-week, we personally spoke to the residents and businesses in the area to ensure the job went without a hitch.

Gong Hey Fat Choy from Locate Productions!

#scouting #film #london #esteelauder #chinesenewyear #sharethedream

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Land Rover Defender 2,000,000

Land RoverLand Rover UK staged a London takeover recently to celebrate the production of the 2 millionth Defender! We worked with FP Creative scouting providing equipment hire, crew hire and location management for the special day’s shoot.

‘Launched to wide acclaim in 1948 the original 4×4 has become a British icon. 67 years on, its legacy remains strong.’

The unique Defender 2,000,000 was built by an all-star cast of special guests, including Land Rover ambassador Bear Grylls.

All proceeds from its auction at Bonhams on December 16th were donated to Land Rover’s charity partners. To coincide with this landmark milestone they also held a competition to win a free Land Rover Experience Day.

The story follows a taxi to its destination as Defender Fever takes over the capital. See if you can spot the many visual references in the video below.

#location #management #landrover #defender #2million #auction #bonhams

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Launch of Triumph Bonneville D Series

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The new Triumph Bonneville range, the stunning D Series, launched at the end of October and has been added under their Modern Classics category.

We worked on this high octane shoot on rural roads, city streets and private controllable locations in the summer with Norwegian photographer Andreas Kleiberg, represented by Oslo agency Tinagent, for McCann Erickson Birmingham.

The exciting news generated a motorcycle fan buzz and was announced in industry press with column inches in titles including  Cycle World and Motorcyclist Online.

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Safe Cycling with TFL Campaign

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This powerful reminder and warning to both cyclists and drivers, of the sudden dangerous positions they may find themselves in, was shot by photographer Garry Simpson.

We supplied the locations scouting and management for this Transport for London campaign including arranging road permits and traffic management in central London.

#location #scouting #management #safe #cycling #tfl #campaign

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Delivering the Future with Pizza Express

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This Autumn Pizza Express launched their new delivery service that uses electric scooters. Shot in the vicinity of Richmond by photographer David Loftus we supplied location and production services for agency OtherWay,  including traffic management where required. #location #production #traffic #management #pizzaexpress #davidloftus Follow us now @LocateProds for … Continue reading

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Making Waves in Brighton for MaxMara

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These wintery and cinematic images were shot on Brighton Beach front by photographer Alasdair McLellan. The legendary pier is only a stone’s throw from our Brighton office. Commissioned by Creative Chaos in New York, the shoot was for the MaxMara ‘Weekend’ … Continue reading

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