Profession location manager

Location managers are responsible for procuring locations for filming outside of the studio and all the logistics this includes. They negotiate site use, and manage and maintain the site during shooting. Location managers manage the safety and security of the film crew on site.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic


  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

  • Analyse logistic needs

    Analysing the logistic needs of all the different departments on the organisational level.

  • Arrange permits

    Arrange permits for shooting a film on location. Consult with owners and local authorities.

  • Manage consumables stock

    Manage and monitor consumables stock to ensure that the production demands and deadlines can be met at all times.

  • Manage location logistics

    Make sure cast, crew, and equipment reach the location on time and in an organised manner. Organise catering, power sources, parking, etc.

  • Search for a suitable location

    Search for locations suitable for film or photo shoots.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Prepare road directions

    Explore the different routes to the filming locations. Make notes. Create detailed directions to distribute to cast and crew. Make road signs.

  • Supervise site maintenance

    Supervise the clean-up and maintenance of a specific site in order to ensure it is fit for purpose.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Work with pre-production team

    Consult with the pre-production team about expectations, requirements, budget, etc.

  • Negotiate price

    Arrange an agreement on price of products or services provided or offered.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

Optional knowledge and skills

make film shooting schedule film production process make photographic storyboards lighting techniques work with the director of photography work with the lighting crew work with the camera crew personal directing styles photography cinematography plan health and safety procedures