New Year, New W9 Form

How’s THAT for a fun time, huh? LET’S PARTY!

As a Location Manager you deal with A LOT of paperwork in a very quick timeframe. And every agreement needs to have a W9 filled out, or your Accounting Department will not be happy.

With 2015 here there’s a new W9 Form that actually came out in December of 2014.

Go ahead and download it for free here and update your files moving forward. Your Accounting peeps will be all like “YEAYUUUUHHH!!!!”


Another AMAZING reason to get GoodReader: Unzipping

I just discovered this while sitting here at Starbucks in South Pasadena (one of the zillion I turn into my mobile office). One of my vendors sent me their invoice and W9 as a ZIP file. I think I uttered a “urgh” since I’m working off my iPhone 6 Plus for the 20min I have before heading back out to the neighborhood to prep.

I tapped the file inside Mailbox (my favorite email iOS app of the moment), and tried the “Open In…” button. One of the first choices it gave me was GoodReader. I tapped it, and as it opened in the app, VOILÀ: GoodReader offered to UnZip the file.

Because GoodReader can handle folders, the file was Unzipped into a folder containing the documents I needed.

I swear I don’t get money from GoodReader for writing these posts. I’m just a tech-fanatic who wants to share with you yet ANOTHER way to make your office mobile.


A Lightroom at the end of the tunnel

Wow, what-a-LAME-title!

In the business of Location Scouting one deals with hundreds of images a day. I average around 500 pictures per day, of physically scouted locations (not file pulls). That number might not seem like a lot, but when you’re dealing with strict deadlines in the post-Information Age of “we want pics yesterday, Snapchat-style”, suddenly juggling all those pics, from capture to upload, within a 12-hour period becomes intense.

Enter Adobe’s Lightroom (or its full name, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom). Here is a program that has a VERY steep learning curve, but in the end will save a Scout LOADS of time. This software, which has a nearly identical interface between Mac & PC, is all about making it easy to organize, rename, retouch, and export hundreds of images at a time. And for those inclined, it even includes a Map feature to add or adjust GPS coordinates saved in a photo’s metadata (the secret sauce code behind that beautiful picture you took).

If you have never tried Lightroom, or even if you are a steady user I highly recommend checking out the FREE tutorials on Adobe Lightroom’s YouTube Channel here.

Adobe offers Lightroom as a a single app subscription or as part of a bundle with Photoshop.

BAM! First post. What.
I’m 10 years into this crazy profession called Location Scouting & Managing for film, television and commercial productions. So I thought I’d do a blog and write about it. This will be an informational space for those who aspire to do this, those who want to know more about it, and those who just HAPPENED to have stumbled upon this. For the latter, I’m sorry. So, so sorry.