An Introduction to Working In The Locations Department – Film Birmingham Course

By January 29, 2020Training

UPDATE: Please note this course has moved online. See updated info here.


This film locations course is delivered by Film Birmingham and will run over 2 weekends. It is designed to inform, educate and give hands on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV Location Managers.

Dates:  March 21st-22nd and March 28th-29th, 2020

Location: Library of Birmingham

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Course Leader: Harriet Lawrence

Course Fee: £100

An Introduction to Working in the Locations Department (WILD) will be led by top UK film and TV drama Location Manager Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes prime time TV shows Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation and Dancing on the Edge and Hollywood movies The Personal History of David Copperfield, My Cousin RachelSuffragette and Burton and Taylor.

Outline of the WILD Film Locations course:

The locations department has a wide and varied remit within a production. It extends from the creative beginnings of a script breakdown, working alongside Directors and Designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of a shoot. It enables all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible. This film locations course will cover what to expect in this challenging, yet rewarding work environment. It will also advise on potential routes into film and TV location management.

It 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 a shoot and managing all aspects of the shoot day. The sessions will also outline some of the essential principles of health and safety, touch on some of the many things included in the locations budget and give tips on how to take great location recce pictures. The first weekend will be classroom-based and the second will be putting into practice all that was learnt during the first weekend.

About Your Teachers

The WILD course will be led by award-winning locations manager Harriet Lawrence, who has worked in commercials, film and TV during her 30 years in the industry. She was also the 2016 recipient of the Production Guild Inspiration Award. Supporting the course will be BIFA- and BAFTA- winning production designer Cristina Casali, who gained a Best Production Design 2019 BIFA award for her work in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Supervising location manager Michael Grisewood has worked extensively throughout the West Midlands with award-winning series and films such as Doctors, Ray and Liz and Boy with the Topknot, and will offer a practical session to course participants.

How to apply to the WILD Film Locations Course

Film Birmingham welcomes applications from a broad range of participants; from new entrants with some production experience to those more established in the media industry. The course fee is £100 and there will be 3 subsidised places available for qualifying participants. We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.

If you are interested in being considered for the course, please complete this form. Applications close Monday February, 24th.

For additional information, please email, with WILD Course in the subject.


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