R. Richard Hobbs and Mark D. McKennon Film/TV/Photo Location Scouting/ Management Workshops Learning Annex NYC

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Veteran New York City location scouts and managers R. Richard Hobbs and Mark D. McKennon have teamed up with The Learning Annex, New York to offer a workshop to people interested in pursuing a career in film/TV/commercial production.

Veteran New York City location scouts and managers R. Richard Hobbs (http://www.rrhobbs.com) and Mark D. McKennon (http://www.scoutman.com), have teamed up with The Learning Annex, New York to offer a workshop to people interested in pursuing a career in film/TV/commercial production.

First workshop is Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 6:45pm EST.

Complete schedule, description and registration are available on The Learning Annex website:

http://www.learningannex.com/default.taf?sctn=D&_function=detail&cnum=0400NY&cat=New_York_Classes

So what does a location scout do, anyway?

Location scouting and management are somewhat arcane but vital parts of production for feature films, television shows and commercials, print photo shoots, as well as an increasing number of projects straight to the Web.

This is a specialized niche driven by data and deadlines, specs and strategies, travel and technology. Such as: identifying and sizing up potential locations; photographing them; "selling" the location to the client or producers; knowing one's way around metro NYC; maintaining inventory, etc. Location management is the flip side of the coin that includes working with the Mayor's Office of Film (MOFTB), negotiating with owners/tenants; obtaining shooting permits; maps and directions; and securing production parking.

According to a Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location_scouting) to which Mr. Hobbs has contributed regularly, "Location Scouting is a process in the pre-production stage.... Once a need is realized for a scene that might not be suitable (for any of a plethora of reasons) for photography in a studio setting, a search is begun for a suitable place or "location" outside the studio."

Mark and Richard will describe every step. An attendee will enter as a novice, but leave with the beginning of expertise. Class materials will be provided.

March Update: NYC Mayors Office of Film, Theater and Broadcast (MOFTB) audited the February Location Scouting Workshop and wrote this article on the MOFTB website.

Mark Mc Kennon homepage: http://www.scoutman.com

R. Richard Hobbs homepage: http://www.rrhobbs.us

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