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."... Show More

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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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June 22, 2020 64 min

Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Gretta Gerwig and Christopher Nolan are among the list of directors with whom Doug Dresser has collaborated. Join me for a chat with another outstanding locations pro! Welcome again to the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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June 15, 2020 71 min

London based location manager Tom Howard joins me on this episode and discusses his career in film and television.  Tom has collaborated on such productions as "Howard's End," "Taboo," "The Night Manager," and the soon to be released "The Secret Garden."  Welcome to the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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June 9, 2020 85 min

My guest for this chat is James Lin, the VP of Physical Production for Universal Studios. Also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, James has a 27 year career as a location manager whose credits include such productions as Twilight, Avengers, Captain America and Wonder Woman 1984. Welcome to the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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June 4, 2020 66 min

Ilt Jones is a veteran location manager in the film and television industry and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. You may not know his name, but you will know him from his work on such projects as Black Panther, Kong: Skull Island, Suicide Squad, The X Files, Iron Man 3, Dark Knight Rises and many more! Welcome to the back channel where the work gets done, "Locations on Two!"

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