Film Birmingham is excited to announce Working in the Locations Department (WILD) 2021. This successful course is in its fourth consecutive year. It will be delivered online over 2 weekends in Spring 2021 (dates to be confirmed). It is designed to inform, educate and give hands-on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV location managers. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31st January 2021.

WILD 2021 will be led by award winning Location Manager, Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, Dancing on the Edge, The Personal History of David Copperfield, My Cousin Rachel, Suffragette and Burton and Taylor. 

Eligible participants will have an opportunity for a 1-month paid placement with Film Birmingham following completion of the course.


About the WILD 2021 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 give 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. 


Course Outline*

The online course is made up of 4 sessions, to take place over 2 consecutive weekends in Spring 2021. Each session lasts for 3.5 hours and includes a break. Dates will be confirmed. 

Please note this is an online course so participants must have access to Zoom in order to take part. . All you need to participate in the WILD 2021 course is a stable internet connection – all documentation will be provided!

*Participants are required to take part in all sessions.


About Your Teachers

The WILD 2021 course will be led by award-winning locations manager Harriet Lawrence, who has worked in commercials, film and TV during her time in the industry. She was also the 2016 recipient of the Production Guild Inspiration Award and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (“Overlord,” “Suffragette”).

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. There will also be a session led by Freelance Producer & Assistant Director Ash Gardiner.


Previous Participants’ Feedback

WILD 2021 is now in its successful fourth year, with some of our past graduates going on to work in the locations department of a range of film and TV productions including Small Axe, Father Brown, and TV commercials.

Past participants have said: “Harriet isn’t only a font of knowledge, but her style of delivery is fantastic. I am suffering with screen time and meeting fatigue from work and COVID-19 but I have looked forward to all these sessions and each one has flown by. That is definitely down to how Harriet has delivered the sessions. I’m going to miss them!”

“The amount of information given was extremely useful and really motivating. Having had a love for photography and locations and interest in architecture and buildings, I’ve found my area in media. This has inspired me to want to work in Locations. Thank you so so much.”

“Most of my experience has been rooted in factual content, so it was great to learn about feature film processes. I loved the emphasis on how interdisciplinary the skillset is for working in locations and it was nice to have an ongoing case study in David Copperfield! All of the sessions were important and helped build a clear picture [of the locations department].”


To Apply

15 applicants will be selected for the WILD 2021 Online 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 only requirement is that you have a keen interest in working in the locations department. We especially encourage participants from underrepresented groups including Black, Asian and minority ethnicities. Priority will be given to people who live in the West Midlands.

The course fee is £50, although subsidised spots are available. Please indicate in the  form below if you would like to be considered for one of these places.  

If you are interested in being considered for the course, please complete this form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31st January 2021 and successful applicants will be notified Friday 12th February 2021. Successful applicants will receive joining instructions for the online Zoom course once their place has been confirmed.

If you have any questions, please email, with WILD 2021 in the subject.


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