How do you become a movie location manager?
As you might imagine, competition is fierce for this kind of work. You’ll need to start as a location scout working as an apprentice to an experienced manager – and getting that kind of work is dependent on a lot of networking, knocking on doors and being in the right place at the right time. Nick Ray, who has scouted locations in Cambodia for films like Tomb Raider, started out as a travel writer. “I had just finished a new edition of Lonely Planet’s Cambodia and thought that the country should be covered for the Globe Trekker TV series”, he told Wanderlust. “I contacted Pilot Productions and sold it to them over lunch. I chose the locations and worked with the crew during their three-week shoot in Cambodia.” He’s never looked back since.