AOP Awards 2019

13th June 2019

  On a warm evening in May the Locate Productions team headed to Canary Wharf to celebrate the 2019 AOP Awards. The AOP is an incredible organisation, now in it’s 51st year, whose core objectives are to promote and protect the worth and standing of it’s members and defend, educate and lobby for the interests […]

Sustainable Production: Locate Productions & albert

9th April 2019

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the world needs to react quickly to the impending environmental challenges that we face. Here at Locate we have been looking at how we can make our production processes more sustainable and have teamed up with BAFTA to use their carbon management programme albert.  Earlier this year we gathered the […]

Behind the Scenes with…a location owner

29th January 2019

“We basically live on a film set!” Jen, owner of Location 604 Jen’s property is one of our favourite locations and has been featured on our location library since the early days of Locate Productions. Having hosted many shoots at her unique property in Bromley, South East London, we thought we’d find out a bit […]

Focus 2018: Film London – Shooting the Capital

11th December 2018

Earlier this month Eddie Standish, co-founder of Locate Productions, took part in a panel organised by Film London as part of the TLG Focus event. Focus is an event aimed at all the creative screen industries – including film, TV, advertising, animation and interactive – and is the only UK trade event where attendees can […]

Brighton Photo Fringe festival

16th October 2018

Every two years, the Brighton Photo Fringe festival runs alongside the Brighton Photo Biennial – the UK’s largest international photography festival. During the month of October, Brighton Photo Fringe (BPF) offers a free, city-wide festival of new photography to provide opportunities for emerging lens-based artists. With links in the city through our Brighton office and […]

Making of…the new Ford Raptor campaign

12th September 2018

The new Ford Ranger Raptor is the toughest, highest performing version of Ford’s best pick-up. And Locate had the privilege of seeing its explosive action up close and personal, producing the new campaign shoot in Austria’s Erzberg mine. Producer Alex Hill knew when he took on the campaign brief from agency GTB – “make this […]

Jim Fenwick: Fight or Fish

21st May 2018

At Locate we have the privilege of working with some of the world’s most interesting and experienced creative professionals. We want to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant people we partner with on shoots and campaigns. Jim Fenwick is a photographer based in Notting Hill, London and has been a friend of the […]

Photographers’ Dining Club 014

28th February 2018

On 1st February 2018 Locate helped organise the fourteenth Photographers’ Dining Club, held at Autumn Yard in east London. The evening includes great food and drink as well as talks from established and emerging photographers, art buyers, and creative directors on topics relevant to image makers today. Locate sourced the event location Autumn Yard from it’s […]

Behind The Scenes: Limit of the Land

12th February 2018

When we heard about short film Limit of the Land, we knew it was going to be a special project and were keen to be involved. The shoot would be a little different from our usual line of work, and it presented the opportunity for us to support a British, independent film, funded by crowd-sourced […]

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We caught up with the owner of one of our favourite locations, Brown House, for an insight into her experience of recently hosting a multi-media shoot during lockdown.

What were your initial thoughts when you were asked to host a shoot during lockdown?

Personally I was happy with the idea, however some of the family were concerned about strangers coming into the house who might bring infection, so we thought about it quite a bit. It made an important difference that the shoot was in the garden rather than in the house.

What were your main concerns ahead of the shoot?

The shoot itself was to be outside, but of course the crew would need access to the kitchen and the loo, so would not be entirely outside. The main concern was if the crew were not careful, they could inadvertently bring infection into the house. They were reassuring that they would be very restricted where they went and we decided we would disinfect the surfaces in the kitchen and the loos after everyone had left.

How did the experience of this shoot differ to pre-pandemic shoots?

Everyone was absolutely delightful, as always! On the recces, everyone wore masks, used hand sanitiser and kept their distance. They spent very little time inside the house, for instance they waited for each other and talked outside, rather than all being in the house at the same time.

How was your experience while the shoot was happening?

I was in the house to start with, but out for most of the day. The team were thoughtful, for instance they suggested opening up the side gates to give most people direct access to the garden, which limited the number of people who needed to come into the house. And they brought a winnebago, which was used as a green room instead of using a room in the house. During the day, someone needed to make a call – rather than just go ahead and use the study, they phoned me to ask if it would be OK for that person to sit in the study to make that call, which of course was fine.

Did you feel that the Covid-19 safety precautions put in place by the production were adequate?

Yes, very much so. Everyone was wearing masks, including outside even though it was hot. Most or all people were outdoors most or all of the time, they set up tents outside, so there were just a few people in the kitchen. Covid warning signs were also put up,  reminding everyone to wash their hands and the loos were clearly signed so no-one would go into the wrong rooms – they were very careful. And the house was left immaculate afterwards, as always.

What advice would you give other location owners, ahead of hosting a shoot in the current climate?

It’s a personal choice, people must make their own decisions. However I am happy we did it and this was a few weeks ago, the virus was more prevalent then than it is now. When we got back in the evening, we wiped down with disinfectant all the doors and surfaces where people would have been, it didn’t take long.

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