How to be a location manager: ‘find someone who’s got a bit of nous’

Steve Brett is a veteran location manager. He offers some pungent insights about the job, its pains and pleasures, and who should do it for life.

Location manager does not sound like a job which is on fire with creativity and glory. It has all the romance of the word ‘clipboard’.

In fact, it can be a whole department. As supervising location manager Steve Brett told Screenhub, when working on larger international productions he will have a location co-ordinator, some location scouts and an on-set location manager. He is a person of wide interests and he loves every minute of every challenge and twist of his job. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.