Locations: Don't Make The Seals Mad

The benefits, hazards, and oddities of filming on location.

How did Alias get Sydney Bristow onto a functioning oil tanker? How did Entourage beat every other show to the punch in finding the hottest new bars and restaurants? And how do over a hundred shows and movies film in Los Angeles every day without causing the residents to revolt? These questions are best left up to location professionals, and luckily for us, we have two of them on hand this week to explain how all the moving parts fit together. Jodi Strong is the Production Planning Director for FilmLA, the non-profit entity that handles permitting; and Mike Haro is a film and TV location manager who’s worked on dozens of complex productions. Find out how they work together to enable your favorite shows to film in real places with a minimum of hassle for everyone involved.

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