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 […]

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Sharing ‘the nation’s joint problem’ with Arthritis Research UK

29th September 2017

Did you know, Arthritis impacts over 10 million adults in the UK? Not just people that are personally suffering, either. Arthritis puts a strain on friends and family, as well as colleagues and employers. Earlier this year, we collaborated with Arthritis Research UK on a campaign to raise awareness of the condition, and we’re very […]

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#LeaveAsYouArrived With Haig Club

23rd August 2017

“Everyone celebrates the start of the night. We want to shift the focus to the end of the night. Because how you end the night is the ultimate manifestation of stylish drinking.“ For those that haven’t yet had the pleasure, Haig Club is a single grain scotch whisky with a ‘character and style that sets […]

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Jigsaw AW16 Photographed by Todd Hido

25th October 2016

We provided the location for Jigsaw’s AW16 Lived Not Modelled campaign of eye catching, closely cropped and seemingly candid images. The model’s appear in a style more reminiscent of portrait photography where the viewer becomes the unwitting observer of a private moment, all lived not modelled. The domestic scenes were shot in one our beautiful location library townhouses that met the brief of a subtle, sophisticated backdrop with […]

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On the road in Scotland with Peugeot

20th June 2016

These great images are from the latest Peugeot 308 ‘Take a closer look’ campaign shot by Photographer Andy Glass. The images were used to promote their 48hr test drive option and were shot at a location we sourced in bonnie Scotland. They certainly inspired us to hit the road on a smooth and scenic adventure! #Peugeot #AndyGlass […]

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At Home with British Gas

14th March 2016

Locate Productions are pleased to present the first round of a new campaign for British Gas! All of the domestic locations for this job were sourced from our extensive Location Library. The images were shot by renowned Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, represented by Wyatt-Clarke + Jones, in her distinctive cinematic style while the Creative Director was Nicholas Bentley. This initial series was used across […]

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Safe Cycling with TFL Campaign

18th December 2015

This powerful reminder and warning to both cyclists and drivers, of the sudden dangerous positions they may find themselves in, was shot by photographer Garry Simpson. We supplied the locations scouting and management for this Transport for London campaign including arranging road permits and traffic management in central London. #location #scouting #management #safe #cycling #tfl #campaign Follow us […]

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Making Waves in Brighton for MaxMara

18th December 2015

These wintery and cinematic images were shot on Brighton Beach front by photographer Alasdair McLellan. The legendary pier is only a stone’s throw from our Brighton office. Commissioned by Creative Chaos in New York, the shoot was for the MaxMara ‘Weekend’ campaign. Locate Productions supplied production and location services earlier this year to portray the collection in a […]

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Sure Compressed TV Campaign

22nd October 2015

Sure have aired a television campaign for their clever compressed can design. The ads are meant inform people that despite their diminutive size they in fact last as long as a big can. We provided location scouting & management for the two day shoot for Camden based firm Great Guns. The adverts were directed by Todd Kellstein for […]

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On the Road to Wimbledon with HSBC

14th July 2015

This summer HSBC was official banking partner of the Road To Wimbledon 14 and Under National Challenge program for the eighth year running. We supplied location Scouting & Management for this photographic campaign to promote the grassroots tennis initiative with a ‘From back garden to Centre Court’ theme. Photographer Jason Hindley, of Wyatt Clarke & Jones, spent some quality time practising his […]

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When the AOP approached Angus, producer and co-owner of Locate Productions to ask if we wanted to be featured in one of their weekly newsletters, we jumped at the chance. A big thank you to the AOP for this opportunity to share some of our insight, ways of working and thoughts for the future.

As news begins to trickle in of the industry preparing to open up to a different working world, we were pleased to hear our friends at Locate Productions are busy prepping for jobs in June. Following the post-pandemic production guidance, Locate are well positioned to provide safe production services for all your needs. We caught up with Angus Light to find out more about their services as well as their stance on sustainability in the industry.

Can you tell us more about what services Locate Productions provides for professional photographers?

For both photographers and moving image clients, we have two ways in which we can help; location solutions and/or full production services. Often, a brief starts with the need for the location (and sometimes that’s all our clients require) but frequently develop into the wider production needs of casting, styling, transport, crew, equipment and more.

We started out in the late 90’s and are now a team of 15 location scouts and producers, based in London, Brighton & the South West. During this time we’ve worked in all corners of the UK and more than 40 countries; from global campaigns on the busy streets of London, to shooting simple backplates on frozen rivers in Scandinavia or deserted islands off the coast of Brazil. Safe and smooth production management is at the core of how we produce shoots, with no project too big or too small.

China DarioMitidieri © Dario Mitidieri

What can you offer over other production companies?

We have an ever-growing library of over 10,000 locations both in the UK and abroad. This complements our wealth of production knowledge gained from over 20 years of ‘on-set’ experience shooting around the world, across both stills and moving image. Ultimately, our skills come from working as a team, sharing ideas and collectively finding solutions.

Grass NadegeMeriau    © Nadege Meriau

Having been a speaker at our recent sustainability event can you talk about the actions Locate Productions have taken to be more sustainable and what advice can you offer to others to make a difference?

Sustainability as a whole can feel quite challenging and unwieldly so here at Locate we’ve broken things down into smaller, more manageable situations, which are based on three key strands within our working environment. When presented in small bite-size portions hopefully people will feel the solutions are more achievable, aligned with a general shift in the mindset on how to move forward.

On Shoots & in Production:

  • We use bicycle couriers and carbon negative taxi companies
  • We recycle our waste and have our own water bottles and keep-cups and have started trialing Voltstack batteries as replacements for portable generators
  • We promote vegetarian, seasonal and locally sourced menus to our clients
  • We use public transport wherever possible including train travel rather than car or plane where possible (if safe, given the present situation)
  • We have a network of international production partners to service shoots locally which can reduce the need to travel

Behind the Scenes:

  • We use Good Energy as our as our office energy supplier and our website hosting company, Erjjio, runs off renewable energy
  • Our staff and crew have completed carbon literacy training through the BAFTA/Albert initiative and we use Albert’s carbon calculator to work out how much carbon we produce on our shoots and then explore ways we can reduce or offset this
  • We add an optional ‘1% For the Planet’ to our invoices which, at present, goes directly to a scheme in Romania called Forests Without Frontiers, reforesting the Carpathian mountains

Wider Culture of Sustainability:

  • We are members of organisations who promote a sustainable film, TV and photographic industry; Albert, AdGreen, Purpose Disruptors
  • We support smaller organisations who need content to spread their message
  • We attend events and contribute to the ongoing discussions on how to achieve a low-carbon economy and what that looks like for our industry

 

Rooftop Trigger © Trigger

What is the most obscure location you have shot in?

Possibly Western China where we searched for a remote mountain range, which involved the final leg of the trip on a donkey. But obscure can also be closer to home; once we needed to find a location with a very specific grass length of about 12cm for a fruit drink campaign, but also things like a cityscape helipad for a car shoot and a zumba class in Manchester for This Girl Can.

ZumbaClass AdamHinton © Adam Hinton

What’s next for you?

In the immediate future; starting to shoot safely again. We’ve started working again on projects and are devising ways of delivering the content required by our clients, in a safe manner, following the Covid 19 industry guidelines. Longer term; to continue delivering the high quality of production on new and interesting projects, whilst working towards a zero carbon industry.

Published with the permission from the AOP. The original blog can be viewed here – https://www.the-aop.org/what-s-on/news/post/2020/05/29/focus-locate-productions

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