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Weeknight Workshop: The Art of Location Management

—Published on 9th Jul, 2021.

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You’ve embarked on your next project; your location scout has wrapped. But given the size of your film’s budget, you tell your team: “We don’t need a location manager; one of us will handle it!” Well, you can but you’ll likely greatly compromise the quality of your shoot, and run yourself ragged while doing it.

FILMCO is very pleased to present our July Weeknight Workshop: The Art of Location Management with location manager Colin Smikle. Smikle’s list of credits includes award-winning films such as “Sprinter” from Storm Saulter and “Yardie”, Idris Elba’s directorial debut.

In this two-hour online workshop, Colin will share his wealth of experience gained from his 20+ years in the film business. He’ll take participants through the fundamentals of successful location management, highlighting subjects and topics such as the below:

  • What does a location manager do: roles and responsibilities across pre-production, production and post
  • Location scouting: skills needed; working with the director and your team
  • The location management process
  • Tools used in location scouting and management
  • Engaging local communities
  • Permits
  • Negotiating and pricing locations


Date: Tuesday July 27, 2021
Time/Duration: 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST/ 2 hours
Location: Online (Zoom)
Book Online Now: Tickets are $300 TTD. Click HERE to register and purchase your ticket.

FILMCO members/students (with a valid student ID card) can receive a 50% discount on the ticket price. To receive a discount code, please email

Participants can also pay for the workshop via online bank transfer. Email us at for banking details.


Participants should have a basic understanding of filmmaking but is not necessary.

About the Facilitator: Colin Smikle

Colin Smikle started his busy career in locations in the 1990s. He is an experienced and trusted location manager whose credits include Storm Saulter’s “Sprinter”, Idris Elba’s “Yardie”, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s James Bond “No Time To Die” and “America’s Next Top Model” among many productions.

He is a graduate of the University of Technology, Mico University College and the Creative Production Training Centre, with a career encompassing film, education, music, tourism, art, sports, entertainment and advertising. He has worked with clients such as the Discovery Channel, Reuters, Al Jazeera, and the BBC; music artistes such as Koffee, Jay Z and Beyoncé; political activists, and a long list of others.

Colin is also the Director of Education at the Trench Town Reading Centre and provides unique tourism support services in Jamaica.

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