A Day In The Life: Rosie Portal, Production Assistant

Working in production, no two days are the same. From taking charge of the tea round to handling the talent, Production Assistant Rosie Portal sees it all. Here, she takes us through her day.

Mornings begin at 4am

Working hours are typically 9 – 6, but in this world, nothing is that predictable. We really don’t know what will be thrown at us at the last minute, so rigidity isn’t an option – there are a lot of late nights and early mornings, and on a shoot day we can be on set as early as 4am!

 

A close-knit team

One of the things I love about my job is how well we all get on. We tend to eat lunch together most days, and there’s always someone to lend a hand or an ear if needed. It’s nice to be in such an open and friendly environment. Outside of the core Locate team I spend a lot of time working with new people on set, which is a great way to really immerse myself in whatever project we’re doing. Situations like these really highlight the importance of being a team player, and of being able to adapt to different environments and situations.

Keeping the client happy

A big part of my job is ensuring the client is happy, which is obviously hugely important. I go to a lot of castings and so spend a fair bit of time liaising with casting directors and stylists etc, ensuring everyone involved in the process has read the brief, understood it, and is happy with next steps. A lot of things I do for the client can be quite time consuming, but more often than not a lot of fun. There’s a lot of pressure to get things done, and a lot of expectations to be met. I always try to go above and beyond, and will get the client whatever they need to feel comfortable. If they need a red car for a recce, for example, I will do everything in my power to get my hands on that red car. Sounds simple, but when no car companies have a red car in, it becomes quite a task!

Organisation is key

I look after a lot of models and talent, making sure everyone turns up on time, has places to park, and know what they need to bring on the day. I’m in charge of creating call sheets and scheduling time to ensure cast and crew know exactly where they need to be, what day and what time. I also research and book hotels to ensure everyone has somewhere to stay, and when we do car shoots, I find parking and overnight security for the vehicles. We do a lot of these types of shoots and it is super important to make sure that the ‘hero’ cars are secure. This can all be trickier for international shoots, as there are often different customs and time zone constraints to be aware of, but I always make sure it gets done!

A good cup of tea is very important

Set days are brilliant; it’s so nice to see all of your pre-production work coming to life, and to see everyone knuckling down and getting stuck in. A shoot day is very hands on, with a lot of responsibility. It’s important to never underestimate how much work goes into these things. Even getting the smallest task done can have so much impact to someone else’s schedule. There are a lot of logistics to work out on set days, and a lot of running around, but the energy of the team is great. There’s nothing quite like it. A word of advice I’d give to anyone looking to take on this kind of role is to just give your all, even if all you’re doing is making cups of tea – a good cup of tea is very important on set.

No day is the same

Life in this job alters drastically depending on whether we are on set or in the office. It’s never monotonous and there’s always something new to work on, which I like – there’s never a risk of being bored or having nothing to do. I can’t stress this enough, there’s so much variety. From day to day I can be doing anything from location research alongside our scouts, taking part in conference calls with new clients, and running around on set making sure everyone is fed and watered. There are perks to both working in the office and being on set, but personally I most enjoy being out in the thick of it.

Feelings of jet lag

We sometimes have a few shoots back to back, so after work I tend to just relax and catch up on sleep. It’s a funny feeling coming off a shoot, especially. I often find my mind stuck in organisation mode, full of adrenaline. I can be lying there trying to unwind and just be going over and over everything in my head, it’s a little like having jet lag. You really do have to adjust to a busy working environment in this job as it can be very full on, but it’s worth it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Top 10 Locations Outside of London

When location scouting for your production, remaining within London is often the easiest option. Limit yourself to just one area of the UK, however, and you could be missing out on the perfect spot for your project.

Travelling outside of the M25 opens your eyes to a variety of unique, stunning locations, and using our location library, we’ve compiled a list of 10 UK sites that will change your mind about leaving London.

Brighton Villa – BN1

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Light and airy, this beautiful southern villa was made for summertime shoots. With 7 bedrooms in the main house and a separate 2-bed apartment, this location benefits from a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, with stunning countryside views.

Distance from Central London: 52 miles, via M23 and A23

See more of this location, here.

Lake Manor – GU8

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Most recently utilised by James Wellbeloved, this expertly finished manor house boasts beautifully tended grounds, a private lake and forest, an authentic boathouse and well maintained outbuildings. Multiple locations in one!

Distance from Central London: 40 miles, via A3

See more of this location, here.

Cherry House – HP2

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With extra large windows and ample space for a large production, the colourful and contemporary Cherry House is located just outside the M25. As chic as it is modern, the four-bedroom location provides a beautiful backdrop for stills and filming.

Distance from Central London: 26 miles, via M1

See more of this location, here.

Bunker – RG14

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Expertly camouflaged, this authentic ex-military bunker provides a glimpse into army life. Complete with tunnels, scrubland and large storage sheds, the unique site is perfect for a large scale action production.

Distance from Central London: 63 miles, via M4

See more of this location, here.

White Beach House – BN43

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A tropical destination with a UK postcode, this location boasts Mediterranean glamour and calm, without the need to board a plane. Reminiscent of a Spanish hotel, the location was last year used in a poolside shoot for Specsavers, providing a convenient alternative to international shooting.

Distance from Central London: 60 miles, via M23 and A23

See more of this location, here.

Modern Wood – TN31

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Presented in a scandi-style, this contemporary home features bright interiors in a woodland setting. Perfect for those wishing to create a feeling of distance within the UK, the location is popular with international clients seeking Scandinavian charm.

Distance from Central London: 67 miles, via A21

See more of this location, here.

Firestone House – HP18

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Commissioned by Lord Rothschild and set within the English Countryside, this location is a true triumph in modern architecture. With feature steps built into the exterior of the property, the design allows easy roof access for views across private land. Quirky and artistic, the property provides the perfect setting for a fashion editorial.

Distance from Central London: 52 miles, via A40

See more of this location, here.

Derelict Slate – LL41

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In a setting you wouldn’t find within the confines of London, this derelict ghost town is set within the Welsh mountains. Abandoned and left to ruin, the impressive slate quarry provides a backdrop perfectly suited to a gripping thriller, or a haunting tale of natural disaster.

Distance from Central London: 223 miles, via M1

See more of this location, here.

Rambling Manor – OX7

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Built in 990, this impressive location was once home to a 10th Century Archbishop of Canterbury. A derelict manor on a private estate, this crumbling property is a picture of raw charm and potential.

Distance from Central London: 76 miles, via M40

See more of this location, here.

Grand Modernista – GU27

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With modernist architecture and vibrant interiors, this unusual location is a vision in contemporary design. An all white construct with teal detailing, this property provides a unique backdrop for your production.

Distance from Central London: 44 miles, via A3

See more of this location, here.

For more locations outside of London please visit our location library, or get in touch with the library team.

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Photographers’ Dining Club

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We had the pleasure of helping organise the twelfth event for the Photographers’ Dining Club, which took place on Thursday 6th April 2017.

Held quarterly, the Photographers’ Dining Club is an evening of photography talks, great food and new connections. With the theme for this event being “Getting Commissioned,” the evening consisted of 4 fantastic guest speakers followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

Speakers and Special Guests:

David Wren (Photographer and filmmaker, recently signed by agent Germaine Walker)

Steve Ryan (Food and portrait photographer and Co Founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery)

Dannie-Lu Carr (Communication and Creativity Specialist, TEDx Speaker)

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Guests enjoyed a lovely 3 course dinner, including sharing food platters and plenty of beer and wine to go round!

We took care of all the logistics; from finding the venue, sourcing the catering as well as setting up on the day. We needed an interesting and versatile location to host the event, and using our location library we were able to provide the perfect setting in the heart of Brixton; Location #3913.

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The Photographers’ Dining Club Team:

Anton Artemenkov (Creative Director at Sutherland Labs and Founder at PDC)

Sarah Williams (Art Buyer at M&C Saatchi and Curator at PDC)

Emma Taylor (Creative Consultant and founder of the Creative Advice Network and Curator at PDC)

Angus Light and Locate Productions team (Event Producer and Location Manager at PDC)

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Caterers:

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#location #library #event #production #photography #photographersdiningclub

 

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Cats, dogs and a Wellbeloved blog

What happens when you mix 12 dogs, 3 cats, 2 locations and 1 mischievous ferret? A beautiful, James Wellbeloved pet-food campaign! Commissioned by AMV BBDO and shot by Andy Sewell (Black Dog represents) on location at a national park in Hertfordshire and in the grounds of one of our most enviable, residential library locations, Lake Manor House.

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Back in November 2016, Locate Productions were tasked with finding open fields, country woodlands and old rustic homes to act as locations for the branding campaign. We found the ideal locations through our in-house Location Library and Scouting services.

dog 4spaniel-crop1It was important to match the autumn colours to the animals fur and include vista backgrounds that show off natures setting. We felt our locations matched the brief purrfectly!

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With winter just around the corner, we had to make the most of six hours of daylight by starting at 4am. Although challenging, the early start was certainly made easier with the accompaniment of cute talent!

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To see even more images of the campaign, please visit the James Wellbeloved website.

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#location #scouting #management #photography #wellbeloved #animals

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Samsung’s Flagship TV Campaign

Our luxury residential location #1095 was recently used as the backdrop for Samsung’s latest flagship TV campaign for ‘Quantum Dot’ TVs.

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We were able to find the perfect location that matched the client’s brief; a contemporary styled home with large open-plan living spaces. Whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room or the bedroom, each shot makes the screen look like a work of art.

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Our extensive location library is well stocked with many more houses for you to choose from for your next film or photographic shoot.

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#location #shoot #location #campaign #samsung

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Locate are Hiring

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Locate Productions: Location Library Assistant The Company and the Role Locate Productions, one of the UK’s leading location and photographic production companies, are looking for a Location Library Assistant to help source locations, liaise with clients and assist the rest … Continue reading

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Taking to the Skies with Direct Line Fleetlights

We supplied the location for this Direct Line video promotion of their new prototype service, Fleetlights.

Saatchi & Saatchi then hosted an event where they screened the video Fleetlights for Direct Line | Explore the Technology to journalists in one of the location’s rooms. It has racked up over 15k views on youtube since its launch!

Shot in Petworth, which is home to one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, watch as people experience Fleetlight in action.

#Location #Scouting #DirectLine #Fleetlights #Film

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On the Road with Channel 4

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Working in locations can take you far and wide, you never know where you might end up. It can be an adventurous calling but not always a glamourous one.

We recently found ourselves in the lavatory of a local football club on a job for Channel 4 to promote their documentary  My Trans American Road Trip. Presented by Abi Austen, the world’s first soldier fully transitioned from a man to a woman, the show investigates what it names the ‘bathroom debate’.

We sourced the loo-cation and provided shoot management and production. Abi was photographed by Sebastien Nevols.

The image was used in various UK press titles to promote the show.

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#location #scouting #shoot #production #management #channel4 #sebastiennevols

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Britain Runs On Rail Campaign

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No stranger to crossing the country by train, we were commissioned by photographer Todd Antony to source the perfect locations for Rail Delivery Group‘s latest campaign and website Britain Runs On Rail.

We supplied a full shoot scouting and management service for the shots that have now been released in this scenic and inspirational advertising campaign, on display in papers and stations nationwide

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#RDG #britainrunsonrail #location #scouting #management #ToddAntony

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Jigsaw AW16 Photographed by Todd Hido

We provided the location for Jigsaw’s AW16 Lived Not Modelled campaign of eye catching, closely cropped and seemingly candid images. The model’s appear in a style more reminiscent of portrait photography where the viewer becomes the unwitting observer of a private moment, all lived not modelled.

The domestic scenes were shot in one our beautiful location library townhouses that met the brief of a subtle, sophisticated backdrop with real light to shoot real life images.

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Photographer Todd Hido is known for his breathtaking and sometimes stark portraits so he was a bold and refreshing choice. Jigsaw interviewed him about his approach to shooting the campaign and his trademark style in their behind the scenes blog.

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The ads will run in fashion magazines including Elle, and national titles including The Sunday Times Style and The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazines, throughout October. Campaign also wrote about the campaign’s appearance at Oxford Circus tube station.

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Agency The Corner, Production Company And Production.

#Jigsaw #AW16 #campaign #location #livednotmodelled

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