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Guide to the Film Location Scouts Photograph Collection
circa 1980-2000
 PR 293

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Megan Dolan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 14, 2015
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical/Historical note

Location scouting is a vital process in the pre-production stage of the film and television industry. Once writers and producers have decided on the style of scenery and locations they require, they turn to location scouts to provide them with suitable locations that meet these requirements.

Typically, location scouts and/or managers meet with production teams to discuss their needs and will scout for locations based on their requirements. They also generally have portfolios put together of certain locations that they have deemed interesting beforehand in order to have a database of locations in case of requests. The role of location managers encompasses multiple responsibilites, including: having an understanding of the production to ensure that appropriate locations are being researched and scouted; negotiating legal access to filming locations; negotiating prices, terms and conditions with location owners; and creating written agreements between the production company and venue owner and organizing any permits necessary.

A location scout is expected to take descriptive, panoramic photographs that depict a particular location's possibilities. Before the advent of digital photography, panoramas were created by pasting multiple photographic prints into a manilla folder. This practice continued into the time period of this collection, which includes separate donations of location scout photos by two New York-based location managers, Steve Horn and Lyn Pinezich. The collection reflects the beginning of the revitalization of the film industry in New York City that was later to become a hallmark of Mayor Bloomberg's administration.