Locations on Two

Locations on Two

There are many unsung heroes on the set of your favorite movies and television shows. One of these is the Location Manager. "Locations on Two" is a podcast featuring lively banter and stories from the trenches of production with the people behind some of your favorite movies and television shows. Join us where the real work gets done on set, "Locations on Two."

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May 5, 2021 55 min

Explore the journey from fine art photographer to location manager on the first episode of the new season of "Locations on Two" when we chat with UK based Harriet Lawrence.  Not only do we discuss her career in the industry, we also learn about her efforts to train "Ninja Cinderellas." Welcome back to Locations on Two!

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"It is pretty special when you walk out onto the surface of the Moon and see the Lunar Module and the American flag but realize that you are really in the suburbs." Kyle Hinshaw has controlled interstate highways for "Baby Driver," found NASA and the surface of the moon in Georgia for "First Man" and collaborated with industry icons to create the dark atmosphere for "Prisoners." Welcome to the backch...

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December 12, 2020 63 min
"During Star Trek, One physicist said to the other physicist 'We have a problem.' The other physicist thought about it for a second and proceeded to give instructions which might as well have been in another language, because they were speaking the language of physics." Among many other topics, Becky Brake discusses the many languages that a Location Manager can utilize in their role as the ambassador of the produc...
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November 24, 2020 53 min

"Hey, there is some blood on the sidewalk in front of the club. Do you know what happened?"  Todd Christensen is an award-winning location manager and producer whose credits include "Sicario," "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," "Only The Brave" and "Ballad Of Buster Scruggs." Find out if this is a question that he asked while working on a production or in his previous life as a property manager o...

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I was honored to be asked to continue the discussion of film making as it relates to locations with legendary Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins on his podcast :  "Team Deakins"" again looks into the complexities of locations in the scheme of production. We talk with Dodd Vickers who shares with us how to find locations, things that have to be considered for locations and working with the budget. He als...

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November 8, 2020 64 min
"On that Terrence Malick film, he wouldn't allow chairs. The actors had no chairs and no trailers." Through experience gained in his early days as a production assistant and location scout and on to later roles as a location manager and now as a production executive for Studio Babelsberg, it is fair to say that Markus Bensch knows his way around the industry. Now a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scie...
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October 28, 2020 53 min

"What do you mean we lost the Navy? Go get it back!" Easy enough, right? This is just one of the scenarios that has marked the career of Location turned Producer Molly Allen. With more than three decades of production experience, Molly has been challenged creatively and logistically in ways that few people can imagine, all in the name of quality entertainment. Welcome to the back channel where the real work gets done on set...

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October 15, 2020 57 min

The creative role of a location manager during the early stages of production development one that involves a special and collaborative relationship with the production designer and director.  During her decades as a film maker,  Maida Morgan has become one of those trusted few invited to fulfill this role. She was first introduced to film making after a chance encounter with Steve McQueen as a child. She has since gone on to work ...

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September 27, 2020 57 min
What is the perfect environment in which to train a fantastic Location Manager? Apparently, by working as a field producer and researcher for "Ripley's Believe it or Not." After her tenure researching stories for Ripley's, Veronique Vowell transitioned into locations by working on such feature films as "Tango & Cash." But, she truly found her rhythm working in episodic television. By meeting the challen...
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September 13, 2020 69 min

On previous episode we discussed the impact that locations can have on a production, but we have yet to talk about the impact that a production can have on the location.  In an ironic twist,  Senoia, GA, the primary site of filming for "The Walking Dead" was originally named "Location" by the settlers that started the town.  Mike Riley has been the location manager on AMC's post apocalyptic pandemic series since...

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September 7, 2020 66 min
There is no doubt that a location scout can impact the look and feel of a production, but how much can a location manager also shape the script? This is the second and final episode of a two part interview featuring Kokayi Ampah and Alison Taylor. Alison is the most prominent African American woman working as a location manager and we were just getting started with her story when we wrapped the last episode. A member of the Academ...
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August 30, 2020 60 min

Kokayi Ampah has worked on everything from shows that defined the classic era of 70's television like Knight Rider & The A Team to all time favorite films like the Shawshank Redemption.  As the first African-American location manager and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, you will see why he is respected as an industry trailblazer.  We are also joined by Alison Taylor, the most prominent African Am...

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August 23, 2020 53 min


Prior to its release, much was made of the fact that Michael Mann's 1995 LA crime drama "Heat" would be the first movie to feature De Niro and Pacino onscreen together in the same scene. Lori Balton would soon learn how critical the setting for this scene was to Mr. Mann and the creative team when every restaurant location that she brought in for consideration was rejected. We discuss how this played out and much much ...

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August 16, 2020 58 min

Question: How do you cruise the streets of a major metropolitan city in a purple Lamborghini and the Batmobile without anyone noticing? Answer: Well... You probably can't. John Rakich talks about this and a career in the film industry that has immersed him in science fiction and the supernatural. Shadowhunters, The Expanse and Hemlock Grove are just a few of the topics that you might hear discussed when you join us on the back ...

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August 10, 2020 66 min

People sometimes compare the intense experience of making a movie with waging a small war. If there is any truth to this sentiment, then my guest on this episode knows more about this than most. Emma Pill's most recent skirmish was the Academy Award winning 1917. Blade Runner 2049, Spectre, Captain America : The First Avenger , The Bourne Ultimatum and Munich were her training ground. Welcome to the back channel where the real ...

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August 1, 2020 67 min

The acclaimed HBO series Westworld is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past. There is certainly no better example of a reimagined future than that of a piano playing medical student who completely changes direction in order to discover a career in film production. This is the story that we will hear on this episode when we are joined...

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July 24, 2020 50 min

There is sure to be an interesting story behind the career of anyone that starts out as a production assistant on a Bee Gees music special and and the sci-fi spoof Galaxina only to end up collaborating on studio features which have either won or were nominated for some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. LA Confidential, Vice, Hail Caesar, The Italian Job and Charlie Wilson's War are just a few of the films that hav...

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July 14, 2020 62 min

Why would anyone rent track drying equipment from the Texas Motor Speedway when you are filming fighter jets flying high over the deserts of Nevada for "Top Gun : Maverick" ?  Award winning location manager Mike Fantasia will explain when we discuss his career. Join us on the back channel where the work gets done on set, "Locations on Two!"

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July 8, 2020 51 min

Swimming rivers with reference photos tucked into your waistband protected in a waterproof bag and traveling the backroads of America with Sean Penn may sound novel to you, but it is all part of a good day's work for award winning location manager Nancy Haecker.  Welcome to the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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June 29, 2020 65 min

Whether scouting the world for major monster films like the upcoming "Godzilla vs Kong" or working in local urban environments for "Terminator 3," Leann Emmert illustrates the critical role played by the locations department in all aspects of a production. Join us again on the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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