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 […]

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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Bruno Wall Mural with Sky Sports

24th January 2018

For those who were out and about in Brighton over the Autumn period, you may have noticed the creation of an exciting project showcased on one of the walls in North Laines. Working with Director Jacques Salmon, Sky Sports approached us looking for the perfect wall location in central Brighton for their new TV ident. […]

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A Day in the Life of a Location Manager

23rd November 2017

Darren Pratt has worked for Locate for more than four years. Here, he talks us through the two sides of his job; from location scouting to managing the location on set. Whether he’s allocating parking or location hunting door to door, Darren talks us through his varied role fueled by adrenaline. Lights up at 5am […]

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Thinking of becoming a shoot location owner?

27th October 2017

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the houses you see on screen, or in your favourite magazine? ‘Where do they find them?’ ‘Is it just a set, or an actual home?’ At Locate, we use real houses owned by real people for our shoots, and are always open to discovering new locations to add […]

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Top 10 Locations Outside of London

30th May 2017

When location scouting for your production, remaining within London is often the easiest option. Limit yourself to just one area of the UK, however, and you could be missing out on the perfect spot for your project. Travelling outside of the M25 opens your eyes to a variety of unique, stunning locations, and using our location […]

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Cats, dogs and a Wellbeloved blog

13th March 2017

What happens when you mix 12 dogs, 3 cats, 2 locations and 1 mischievous ferret? A beautiful, James Wellbeloved pet-food campaign! Commissioned by AMV BBDO and shot by Andy Sewell (Black Dog represents) on location at a national park in Hertfordshire and in the grounds of one of our most enviable, residential library locations, Lake Manor […]

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Samsung’s Flagship TV Campaign

22nd February 2017

Our luxury residential location #1095 was recently used as the backdrop for Samsung’s latest flagship TV campaign for ‘Quantum Dot’ TVs. We were able to find the perfect location that matched the client’s brief; a contemporary styled home with large open-plan living spaces. Whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room or the bedroom, each shot makes the screen […]

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Taking to the Skies with Direct Line Fleetlights

20th December 2016

We supplied the location for this Direct Line video promotion of their new prototype service, Fleetlights. Saatchi & Saatchi then hosted an event where they screened the video Fleetlights for Direct Line | Explore the Technology to journalists in one of the location’s rooms. It has racked up over 15k views on youtube since its launch! […]

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Behind the Scenes on the Team Rubicon Shoot

20th April 2016

It was all action on this shoot to drum up awareness of charitable trust Team Rubicon UK recently! Created so that ex service men and women and other specialists could be put to good use, Team Rubicon ‘unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the […]

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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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