Chicago Location Manager: Aaron Pagel

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March 22, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Locations


All the Pleasures Prove


Location Manager


Aaron Pagel

A “location manager” is a person who often negotiates legal access to filming locations.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!  

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is All the Pleasures Prove.  A couple break up learning that some relationships are haunted, and the most tenacious ghosts come not from things dead, but from things never given a chance to live.

In a dialogue driven film, maintaining focus on the story’s message is assisted by adding locations that give movement to the background.  That’s why we chose Director Aaron Pagel for Location Manager.

“The fountain location at 9:27 is a great example.  The fountain water adds energy, and the large open background adds visual depth. Imagine this same scene shot in front of a blank white wall.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions)

When deciding where to shoot specific scenes for a film (especially films with a low budget) the location manager must have knowledge of public spaces that are easily accessible for the cast and crew.

Aaron chose a location in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.  He stated that he chose this location based on “practicality and timeframe”, but also because Lincoln Square is “picturesque”.  When speaking with Aaron about the locations he chose, I learned that the park bench where the couple’s love had dissipated was actually located just behind the fountain that gave energy to the scene where the couple were once in love.

Knowing what locations are at your disposal and how to use them is key to giving a film more depth, more energy, more life.

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See you next Tuesday!