A Day In the Life of a Movie Location Scout

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Well, Pittsburgh’s no Qatar, but it is definitely a beautiful city.  This is a shot taken from the rooftop of the Convention Center in downtown.  You should see it all lit up at night.  I love my city.  I love Pittsburgh.

I worked 20 hours yesterday.  Ah, yeah.  I’m officially back to scouting on the movies, and it feels good, if only for just this week.  There’s more work coming down the pike and I’ll be back at it full time very soon.  Making that ca$h monies, living the dream.

Scouting on movies is wild.  It’s full throttle, action packed, hustling, on the go.  Seeing some of the most interesting and beautiful locations all over the city and surrounding areas, and meeting all sorts of people.  Just to give you an example of an average day, a few of yesterday’s highlights went like this:

– Scouted several ornate churches built in the early 1900’s.  Got the history on Tiffany Glass stained windows, and got to see the windows up close and personal.  Climbed to the bell tower, got pigeon poop in my eye, but the view was worth it.  Not too many people get to climb the bell tower.

– Scouted the Convention Center.  Security guard told me all about how her daughter was an extra in a movie.  She wants to be an extra in a movie, too.  Everyone everywhere you go wants to be an extra and wants you to keep them informed when the movie fires up.  It’s exhausting, but people are so friendly and nice.

– Scouted a hotel restaurant.  The one waitress gave me the history of the giant mural painted on the wall.  She pointed out several flaws in the painting then insisted I check out their new speak easy restaurant and led me downstairs to peek in the window.  The gal was pretty, blond and enthusiastic.  I think she liked me.  I took a photo of her and two of the other waiters, and told her I’d be back sometime to say hello.

– Ran into a homeless person.  She wanted me to take her photo sitting on a bench.  I did. Then she asked me what I was doing.  I explained I was scouting on a movie, and she told me of her concerns that if we choose this particular church for a location, she and the other homeless people won’t have a place to sleep on the adjacent hidden sidewalk at night.  I assured her I would take care of her, and see to it that she has a place to sleep somewhere else if we end up filming here.  Said goodbye.  Had to run.

Speaking of having to run, gotta go.  I had a short break in between making phone calls to set up appointments today.  I have a list of 20 locations to try and get into today and tomorrow.  Many more adventures to be had.  Just wanted to check in.  I’ll respond to comments and such maybe this weekend.  I have another 20 hour day ahead of me.   Cheers.

One last thing, please do me a favor.  I like to help people out when I can.  This really talented artist that goes by the name Alexandra is in a competition.  She’s so sweet and talented (and super cute!)  She’s just got a great spirit about her and very humble.   I want to help her win this competition, so could you please click the link and vote for her on Facebook.  It will only take less than 2 minutes of your time.  I worked a 20 hour day, but I took the time to try and help her out.  It would mean a lot if you dimwits did the same.

Click the link here to go vote for her.  Also, check out her site.  She has this favorite series of mine with these cities of miniature houses she makes out of paper receipts and candy wrappers.  It’s truly amazing.  Give it a look when you get some time.  Thanks so much.  Off for some more adventuring…

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16 thoughts on “A Day In the Life of a Movie Location Scout

  1. Entertaining as always. How sad/pathetic/crazy/nonsense-backed is this? I’m only in Syracuse, New York, and I have not yet been to Pittsburgh, and I have only driven through Philly. I’ve visited Scranton, by not because I am The (American) Office obsessed.

    Churches are absolutely intriguing to me, and there aura falls into the same category as cemetaries, and other nooks. It’s a blend of history, elegance, and interest to over analyze oneself.

    Ran into a Syracuse “street personality” the other day–I enjoy deeming the perceived homeless that binomial nomenclature. I’ve always said hello to him, but he never throroughly responded for conversation… until this past Saturday. He saw me, smiled, and yelled, “OH, HEEEELLLLL NOOO! What’s up, man? You going to be around later?” I replied to all three statements, and told him I am treating coffee the next time I see him.

  2. I was sitting at a bar last night talking about Pittsburgh while watching the Pirates. I told my dad how stupid I was for moving home. A few (all the people around me) told me to go back. My dad jumped in and agreed. It’s on my list of places to look at once I get my bachelors degree. In the mean time thanks for feeding fuel to the fire. Keep the roof tops and bell towers coming.
    I’m missing my old friend Pittsburgh.

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  3. How did you get into the biz doing this? Seems like a really interesting job. I think your photos are really well done too. I can totally see those locales in a movie, especially the convention centre.

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