The Association of Film Commissioners International has launched “Location Management 101”, an online training course developed in conjunction with the Location Managers Guild International.
Billed as a course “for anyone wishing to understand the roles and responsibilities of stage managers working in film, television, commercial, print and other types of media production”, it is available on the AFCI University website and costs $150 for AFCI members and $300 for non-members. You can register here.
The course covers a wide range of topics including location finding, planning, scouting, budgeting, permits, photography, laws and regulations, transportation, safety and equipment. It also explains how to work effectively with the various entities involved in on-site production, including film commissions, owners, residents and businesses. The course also explores how stage managers play a role in broader industry issues, such as workforce diversity and inclusion, Covid-19 compliance, on-set safety and durability. Students who complete the course earn a joint AFCI/LMGI Certificate of Completion.
“The AFCI recognizes the importance of providing a full understanding of the role of the stage manager, not just for members of its film committee, but for anyone working on set or wishing to pursue a career in production,” said Eve. Honthaner, president of the AFCI. “To develop this course, we turned to the best professionals in the industry – members of the Location Managers Guild International.”
The “Location Management 101” program was created in partnership with longtime LMGI members whose credits include iconic projects such as Mission Impossible, The Irishmen, American Crime Story, Tomorrowland and Men in Black.
“We are thrilled to partner with the AFCI to create this new resource for understanding the vital role location managers play as creative collaborators in the production process,” said LMGI President John Rakich. . “The course provides a unique opportunity to learn about location management from some of the leading experts in the field.”
“Location Management 101” is part of AFCI University, which offers courses in topics ranging from the fundamentals of film commission and economic development to training in gender identification and sexual orientation sensitivity. . AFCI University courses are self-directed and can be taken on each student’s own schedule.
Founded in 1975, the Association of Film Commissioners International is the only global non-profit professional organization representing members of municipal, state, regional, provincial and national film commissions on six continents. The Location Managers Guild International is a global organization of career location professionals in the film, television, commercial and print production industries.