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Filming on Location: It’s All in the Details

  • 25 Aug 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


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You’ve finished your script and you’ve got your crew but you just can’t seem to find the right location for filming.

On Wednesday, August 25, SD Media Pros unlocked the secrets of location managers and how their expertise streamlines production.

The right location can be a character in your film or production. The elegant staircase, the period kitchen, the curvy mountain road, or the giant field of daisies can set the scene and the mood in the same way that camera movement, lighting, makeup and costume do. And, with clients on set and the “meter running,” you want to make sure you have control and logistics managed to ensure a successful shoot day.

Speakers Rick and Lisa Drake, Welton Jones, Lisa Rothmuller, and Brandy Shimabukuro discussed ways location scouts are uniquely skilled in helping you locate that perfect location, line up permits and permissions, and save time by accessing a wealth of knowledge to help you get to production faster. Plus, what you need to know for the small budget production where you need to act as your own location manager, and tips for becoming a location manager.

Watch the meeting on our YouTube channel.

Brandy also shared the interactive San Diego Filming Jurisdiction map to help find locations - 


And of course Mark Maisonneuve shared News You Can Use.


Rick Drake is the owner and founder of San Diego Productions and he started his career providing location and RV services for demanding German fashion crews.

Having been in the industry for over 20 years, producing for thousands of clients, Rick has developed an expert eye for finding amazing locations.

San Diego Productions is a full service photo and motion production coordination company specializing in the fashion, automotive, advertising and sports industry with a significant list of global clients. They also offer rentals including productions, props and on-set necessities.


Welton Jones is a San Diego based location manager and scout. He’s on the books of the Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 and is a member and former board member of Location Managers Guild International.

He has worked in Los Angeles on such projects as CARNIVAL, MEDIUM and HAVOC.

Before that he worked for three years as Director of Television Production at the San Diego Film Commission.

Over the last 20 years, he has worked on nearly 600 projects in San Diego including features, television, commercials and print.


Lisa Rothmuller is a San Diego based locations and production manager. She runs San Diego Locations, which is a professional Production and Location Management Service.

San Diego Locations
spunki1@aol.com (yes - same email since 1994!)

Brandy Shimabukuro is the City of San Diego’s Filming Program Manager and Film Liaison.

In this role, she serves as the primary point of contact for filming within the City of San Diego, and within the greater San Diego region.

Brandy facilitates permits and locations and does outreach and acts as a liaison between productions and other jurisdictions (e.g. cities, State, Port, County, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Forest Service, National Park Service, school districts, etc.) Regionally, Brandy represents the City in the development of county-wide initiatives to enhance the region’s status as a film-friendly destination.

City of San Diego, Special Events & Filming Department


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