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Course description

A two-day course giving you an insight into all aspects of what it takes to be a valuable member of the location team.

This course is suitable for new entrants to the location department, from location runners and marshals, to those looking to step up or move into locations from a different department.

The Location Department has a wide and varied remit within film and television production; it is not glamorous but it is fun and an essential part of the overall filmmaking process. From the creative beginnings, starting with script breakdown, working with directors and designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of the shoot, enabling all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible.

We will briefly look at an overview of the industry, the different types of productions and then move on to the exciting challenges of scouting, planning the shoot (the joy of paperwork) and managing all aspects of the shoot day (from blowing things up, to rubbish, where to park and the toilets). We will cover some of the essential principals of H&S, touch on some of the many things that can be included in the location budget (some of them will surprise you!) and a few tips on how to take great location recce pictures.

We will also cover how to be a successful and useful member of the Location Department and wider crew, both in prep and on set. The course is led by Harriet Lawrence, (Suffragette, The Personal History of David Copperfield) with case studies being presented by Paula Lamont a location manager now working within BECTU (The Inbetweeners, W1A, White Gold) and designer Cristina Casali (Requiem, The Death of Stalin).

  • Introduction
    • The four stages of production
    • Who’s who on set
    • Departments and terminology
  • Types of production and how the location department fit into each
    • The role of the runner on set
    • Attitude and expectations
    • On set etiquette

  • And an understanding of:
    • Photography
    • Scouting
    • The Schedule
    • The Tech Recce
    • Paperwork and Permissions
    • The Unit Base
    • Movement Orders
    • The Shoot Day

The course costs £120.00 for BECTU members and £150.00 for non-members. In order to get the discount you can join BECTU by contacting the membership team on: 020 7346 0900

If you have any queries regarding the course, please email Paula Lamont

15 places available

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BECTU Clapham


Two days - 09.30am - 17.00pm


No qualification