Location Managers Guild of America
|Full name||Location Managers Guild of America|
|Founded||December 2, 2003|
|Office location||Hollywood, Los Angeles, California|
The LMGA is a professional organization of Location Managers, Location Scouts, Assistant Location Managers, and affiliated business members, such as film commissions, location services, vendors, and filming venues. Officially incorporated on 2 December 2003, the Location Managers Guild of America is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation.
The LMGA is not a labor union in that it does not represent Location Managers in wages or working conditions, leaving this responsibility to the respective locals such as Teamsters Local 399 in Los Angeles, Teamsters Local 390 in Miami, and the Directors Guild of America in New York City and Chicago.
The LMGA has both union and non-union member professionals. Following the Set Decorators Society of America which formed in 1993, the LMGA is also Hollywood's newest guild (by contrast, the Screen Actors Guild was formed in 1933).
The majority of LMGA members are based in and around Los Angeles, the heart of the Hollywood film industry and where the guild was first established. Since 2006, membership has expanded to include production centers across the globe. Active Membership is limited to professional location scouts and managers. Business Membership consists of affiliated businesses with professional references.
The LMGA regularly mounts large-scale, educational art projects in partnership with community groups.
Last Looks: The Ambassador Hotel
Over the weekend of 20 March 2005, just before demolition began on the Ambassador Hotel, the LMGA organized an outreach event wherein Location Scouts could photograph the historic location one last time, while mentoring students from Jefferson High School (located in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles) in the skills of script breakdown and location scouting. The student photographs were judged by a jury that included respected Hollywood luminaries Shane Black (writer, Lethal Weapon), Alice West (co-executive producer, Ugly Betty), and Missy Stewart (production designer, Good Will Hunting). The awards ceremony was held in June 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
In 2006, the LMGA produced a photographic exhibit of images from the Ambassador Project at the Los Angeles City Hall, in the office of the City Attorney. Student photographs were hung side by side with those of the pros to remarkable result. The exhibit was featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times calendar as an article accompanied by four full-color images.
Concentric Circles: Metro L.A. Revealed
In 2008, the LMGA, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, produced a photo essay entitled "Concentric Circles: Metro L.A. Revealed," exhibited at Beady Minces Art Gallery in Venice, California. Accompanied by Metro personnel, dozens of scouts rode bus and train lines across the city during the course of several weeks capturing unique images of Metro properties.
The resulting images provide a "scout's eye" view of various aspects of the Los Angeles Metro in the early 21st century. A book-bound catalog of film-friendly locations was created from this project as a marketing piece for the industry.
The LMGA holds monthly mixers and periodic educational events for its members. The events function in two ways: to show off prospective film locations to professional scouts and to provide professional networking for members. The locations are often subsequently used for filming. Past functions have been held at the Riviera Country Club, Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Mondrian Hotel, W Westwood, Sofitel West Hollywood, Wilshire Grand Hotel, Geisha House, Façade, Knitting Factory, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, and The Music Box at The Fonda Theatre.
The LMGA held their inaugural Awards show in March 2014 with honors going to Location Managers Robert Boake for Game of Thrones and Ilt Jones for Iron Man 3, the Albuquerque Film Commission for Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor, and honorary awards to Haskell Wexler for his efforts in creating a safer working environment for below the line filmmakers and the Eva Monley award to Alexander Payne for his masterful use of location as another character is films such as Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska.