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|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 11 July 2016 - 04:25 AM|
| As we discover filming locations we can post them here.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 July 2016 - 01:05 PM|
|I guess they shot here on the first day:|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 14 July 2016 - 01:19 PM|
|New Location for today:|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 17 July 2016 - 05:30 AM|
|New Location for set day 6 via location scout Gonzo Rey https://www.instagram.com/p/BH9s4vPDO3M/?taken-by=gonzemus|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 17 July 2016 - 05:32 AM|
|For the first days (e.g. the boat and lake scenes) they were shooting at Mountain State Park:|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 18 July 2016 - 12:21 PM|
|Location from July 15 via https://twitter.com/ATLWOOD411/status/753753853967929344|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 18 July 2016 - 12:25 PM|
| Wonder how they came up with the "EYE" sign instead of the "MAC" sign from the unaired pilot *lol*
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 23 July 2016 - 08:23 AM|
| Peter Lenkov posted a picture of Gabriel Beristain a while ago. I managed to find the Instagram Account of Guy D'Alema who actually made the picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BILUdlOAoUj/?taken-by=guydalema
Seems he's the still photographer on set. He already posted several location shots. This is the one where he took the pic of Beristain: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIK0gpoAR5C/?taken-by=guydalema
Looks good! Don't know yet where the location is, though...
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 July 2016 - 09:46 AM|
|I think I posted this one in another thread... According to his FB page via https://www.facebook.com/william.ashley.503 , Bill Ashley is chef at the Marriott International|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2016 - 09:01 AM|
|That's how you do advertizing *lol* via https://twitter.com/CafeLucia57/status/757593728504692736|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2016 - 09:43 AM|
| John King via https://www.facebook.com/john.king.16547
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2016 - 09:43 AM|
|John King via https://www.facebook.com/john.king.16547|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2016 - 12:53 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2016 - 12:58 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 27 July 2016 - 01:13 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 28 July 2016 - 10:55 PM|
|According to Camera Operator Tiko Pavoni, the interior filming is done at Mailing Avenue Stageworks. He posted several pics from set with this location: https://www.instagram.com/tikopavoni/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 August 2016 - 01:56 PM|
|That's unfortunate for the band, but we know about another filming location now via https://www.facebook.com/breezekings/posts/10154224896275943|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 August 2016 - 08:24 AM|
| They're filming near Morehouse College Campus, I guess?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 August 2016 - 09:37 PM|
|They're shooting at the Metropolitan Art & Business District today via https://www.instagram.com/p/BIqodl4h9f_/?taken-by=hmi.ke|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 4 August 2016 - 02:51 PM|
|Posted by: denizen 4 August 2016 - 08:04 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 5 August 2016 - 11:20 PM|
|filming at northside tavern via https://www.instagram.com/p/BIwDRQ5jNZA/?taken-by=gonzemus|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 August 2016 - 12:06 AM|
I guess they thought the old signs of the Unaired Pilot (with "MAC" on it) were too obvious?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 8 August 2016 - 08:26 AM|
| Sounds action-driven and dangerous... Didn't know there are casting calls for buildings ;-)
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 August 2016 - 08:40 AM|
| I'll go for awesome, of course!
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 August 2016 - 10:06 AM|
|They're filming near Hardy Ivy Park today via https://twitter.com/ATLMovieTours/status/763435068559884288|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 August 2016 - 09:49 PM|
|Posted by: denizen 12 August 2016 - 12:12 AM|
|DashboardOnFire - a huge thanks on behalf of everyone. We so really do appreciate your amazing updates in development of the new series. We would probably be at a loss without you!|
|Posted by: Barry Rowland 12 August 2016 - 02:38 AM|
|I'm with Denizen! Like I said in another thread, you are actually getting ME into the excitement! Still beat you to the last post though|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 August 2016 - 09:01 AM|
Or you would have had a nice surprise in September without having to dissect, compare and criticize every little detail beforehand and having major anxienty because of the unspeakable Unaired Pilot
|Posted by: Barry Rowland 12 August 2016 - 03:04 PM|
|Nah, you are keeping it fun Dash! Thanks again!|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 August 2016 - 04:02 PM|
|Posted by: Macgyver1985 13 August 2016 - 06:10 AM|
|Thanks from my side too! You have kept me up-to-date with most of the news surrounding the MacGyver reboot! Appreciate it!|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 20 August 2016 - 12:09 PM|
|Filming at Underground Atlanta via https://www.instagram.com/p/BJVeUwlgDSx/?taken-by=thebiggrabowski|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 20 August 2016 - 02:45 PM|
|working on the weekends again via https://twitter.com/ATLMovieTours/status/767129333316067328|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 22 August 2016 - 12:39 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 August 2016 - 02:00 PM|
| CBS’s MacGyver (EYE) has been busy throughout August as well. After finishing July at the Georgian Terrace, the production moved to a set off of Dunwoody Club Drive. On August 10, they shot a market scene at Peachtree and Baker Streets downtown. Two days later, crews moved to the Westside, off Marietta Street. MacGyver moved back downtown, filming on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, on August 20. For the past few days, filming has taken place in Smyrna, with a basecamp at Faith Christian Center on South Cobb Drive and Church Street.
|Posted by: denizen 24 August 2016 - 08:40 PM|
|Love those lanterns!|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 26 August 2016 - 10:24 PM|
|Posted by: denizen 28 August 2016 - 08:47 PM|
|So there you have it! They are in fact working for Porsche! Not the DXS.|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 29 August 2016 - 08:18 AM|
|Maybe that's how you work undercover these days?|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 1 September 2016 - 02:51 PM|
| They've been filming at Lifecycle Building Center recently:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 September 2016 - 10:24 AM|
|They're filming at City Hall until Thursday: http://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/new-macgyver-filming-atlanta-city-hall|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 September 2016 - 09:32 AM|
| That set looks pretty cool...
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 September 2016 - 10:13 AM|
|By the way, the set is at the Southeastern Railway Museum: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKJLCHvjQGw/?taken-by=indigoboymyk|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 October 2016 - 03:25 PM|
| via https://twitter.com/blkbuddha/status/793102733901434880
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 October 2016 - 03:28 PM|
| I assume that's were they shot Episode 7 that's airing next Friday: https://twitter.com/ATLWOOD411/status/783096252569378816
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 7 November 2016 - 03:10 PM|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 November 2016 - 01:30 PM|
| Not sure what Episode they're shooting right now, but looks like they're back in an Asian country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCn9DOdoQ0E
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 21 November 2016 - 02:58 PM|
| They're filming in a church today - two crew members posted pics.
Cornell Willis: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNFhtctAwMe/?taken-by=cornellwillis
Kait C.: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNFn6BcAEjp/?taken-by=heykaitheyy
|Posted by: denizen 21 November 2016 - 07:56 PM|
| There's that talk of filming the movie again.
Really, its a show. C'mon fellas you can say the word. "S H O W"
|Posted by: KiwiTek 22 November 2016 - 01:10 AM|
I really think you're giving that guy too much credit.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 December 2016 - 09:35 AM|
|Looks like they're filming at the "College of Education" today: https://twitter.com/sherylcmoss/status/808706272535216128|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 January 2017 - 02:57 PM|
|Filming will resume on January 5 and 6: https://twitter.com/amydemaris/status/816374700880306176|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 5 January 2017 - 03:42 PM|
| Looks like they've been filming at the FOX Theatre today: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1342374942490798&set=a.112229422172029.14128.100001549142262&type=3&theater
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 16 January 2017 - 10:34 PM|
| They're filming at Dolly Farmhouse today: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1806945836221913&set=gm.10155298354424381&type=3&theater
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 17 January 2017 - 02:38 PM|
| More Info about the Dolly Farmhouse Location: https://www.facebook.com/1445098452464090/photos/a.1486123145028287.1073741829.1445098452464090/1618000548507212/?type=3&theater
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 17 January 2017 - 02:41 PM|
| via https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1618002735173660&id=1445098452464090
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 27 January 2017 - 12:24 PM|
| They're filming at Park Place & John Wesley Dobbs (Downtown Atlanta) right now: https://twitter.com/olv/status/825073974543523841
There are pictures of filming at Georgia State University College of Law: https://www.facebook.com/yves.t.mckenzie/posts/10154905465392432
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 January 2017 - 10:48 AM|
| via https://www.facebook.com/CityofMarietta/photos/a.461919833830.250360.72465393830/10154415632573831/?type=3&theater
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 January 2017 - 03:12 PM|
| Looks like they're filming in "Europe" again ;-)
|Posted by: denizen 31 January 2017 - 08:30 PM|
| I wonder if people get remunerated for changes to their businesses / buildings while filming gets underway.
Seems to be a common thing in a lot of places around the US.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 January 2017 - 10:14 PM|
| I guess they must be in some way. I mean even if they need your location only for just one day of filming, they'll probably need the day before to redress it (so they can start filming early on shooting day). Maybe even the day after if they kept filming into the night to tidy up and get it back to look the way it did before. And even if there's only a few cast members in the scenes, you have a whole crew of people with cameras, make-up, props and food "trampling" around.
Also, Atlanta seems to be THE hotspot for the filming industry right now; so many movies and shows are shooting there right now that it must be a nuisance if you're working in a busy district where roads and locations are closed off half the time?
|Posted by: denizen 1 February 2017 - 12:30 AM|
| Well that is exactly what i was thinking.
Can't get to work. Not even through the front door without MacGyver or John MccLane knocking on your door.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 February 2017 - 11:58 AM|
| Looks like they're filming at "Flight School of Gwinnett" today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 March 2017 - 10:43 PM|
|Back on the set for Episode 17 (Ruler): https://www.instagram.com/p/BQB6moIARu71xKjHQdUHJkNyO5xuWIDGxe0TWU0/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 March 2017 - 12:31 PM|
|Interestingly, they're filming on the same set today for the final episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRlrACShIGd/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 21 March 2017 - 10:03 AM|
|They filmed some additional 2nd Unit stuff today: https://twitter.com/lewismoats/status/844179817482338304|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 April 2017 - 05:48 AM|
|New/Old location still from last Friday's Episode 19 (Compass) via https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ4amepBWch/?taken-by=cornellwillis|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 April 2017 - 05:06 AM|
| Back on March 28: https://twitter.com/dnw2006/status/846865808332668929
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 April 2017 - 05:07 AM|
|New/Old BtS picture of one of the art pieces on the art gallery set for the first Murdoc Episode (1x08: Corkscrew): https://www.instagram.com/p/BLkqcakAfs0/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 18 July 2017 - 10:57 AM|
|The Casino Episode will be filmed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel: https://twitter.com/olv/status/887350550605574144|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 19 July 2017 - 10:44 PM|
| They're filming in Forest Park today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 26 July 2017 - 11:37 AM|
|They're filming the Casino Episode today: https://twitter.com/ATLWOOD411/status/890196719681642496|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 August 2017 - 11:33 AM|
|They have been filming at a church yesterday: https://twitter.com/Snowbelle02/status/895268056112484352|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 August 2017 - 05:59 AM|
|Location Sighting: https://twitter.com/crazycameragirl/status/896361312304934914|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 15 August 2017 - 11:06 AM|
|Another location shot underground: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX0uFy4Bwo3/?tagged=macgyver|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 21 August 2017 - 11:11 AM|
|Today's filming location: https://twitter.com/AmandaBeasley88/status/899593657745059840|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 23 August 2017 - 09:44 PM|
| Filming notice for next week:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 30 August 2017 - 02:52 PM|
| Basecamp at Abrams Creative Space:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 August 2017 - 03:53 PM|
|Locations via Atlanta Magazine: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/whats-filming-in-atlanta-now-avengers-infinity-war-ant-man-wasp-valor-uncle-drew-plus-marvel-film-got-away/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 9 September 2017 - 01:20 AM|
|They're filming in Castleberry Hill next week: http://www.castleberryhill.org/macgyver-filming-sept-13th-15th/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 21 September 2017 - 01:22 PM|
| Another sighting:
|Posted by: denizen 21 September 2017 - 07:56 PM|
|Almost sounds like a UFO sighting report.|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 October 2017 - 11:16 AM|
|They're filming on Old Stone Mountain Road today: https://twitter.com/AtlantaFilming/status/917778111852359680|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 17 October 2017 - 02:39 PM|
| Cast and Crew has been seen filming outside today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 October 2017 - 12:48 PM|
|new sightings: https://twitter.com/crazycameragirl/status/922814300829470720|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 November 2017 - 01:50 PM|
| Looks creepy.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 19 November 2017 - 03:05 PM|
| New/Old BtS picture of Episode 2x10 (War Room + Ship): https://www.instagram.com/p/BaaNlkXlweNp_baG0e2LiHxHA4rNZ6khpzt6KI0/
Guess the MacGyverism involves a real ship?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 20 November 2017 - 02:39 PM|
| Today's location is a Jazz Club. Judging by the Episode Title for 2x14 (Mardi Gras Beads + Chair), I guess the location for the episode will be New Orleans?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 21 November 2017 - 02:37 PM|
| New location sighting today, near 810 N Highland Ave NE:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 29 November 2017 - 01:48 PM|
| More BtS pictures of preparing the set:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 4 December 2017 - 03:22 PM|
|They're filming at Pulllman Rail Yard today: https://www.instagram.com/p/BcS9IMrhmukWjhheM_9sObes-XrVn0CRegvlQg0/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 4 December 2017 - 03:28 PM|
|That's how it looks with colors: https://www.instagram.com/p/BcSxh2SjfgL/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 5 December 2017 - 01:03 PM|
| They're filming at the Railroad Museum today: https://twitter.com/mariahancock/status/938039038572990466
I think they also were there for the Train-Episode 1x05 (Toothpick).
|Posted by: Murdoc is back 6 December 2017 - 12:34 PM|
Very pretty building!!! Like it!
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 15 December 2017 - 03:15 PM|
| filming location today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 22 December 2017 - 05:29 PM|
|That's a pretty location they shot at recently: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc3frOwFY82/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 15 January 2018 - 01:53 PM|
| New filming notice:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 16 January 2018 - 10:02 AM|
|Apparently, they're filming at Chastain Horse Park today: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeBIXLsHmpc/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 February 2018 - 04:43 PM|
| Looks like they are filming again this weekend... they don't seem to have off the Saturdays anymore.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 February 2018 - 01:07 PM|
|They're filming at the Marriott Hotel again: https://twitter.com/ATLWOOD411/status/963394288083226624|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 20 February 2018 - 03:21 PM|
|new sighting today: https://twitter.com/AwoodRadio/status/966079768809664513|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 22 May 2018 - 03:27 PM|
| In case you have some spare money around , you can buy MacGyver's reboot house (or at least the one they used to film the outside scenes; e.g. of them playing basketball in the S1 Pilot).
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 July 2018 - 10:22 AM|
| Filming location for today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 16 July 2018 - 07:02 AM|
| Filming location for July 17:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 July 2018 - 12:44 PM|
| New/Old Article (May 2017) about the MacGyver Location Manager Mac Gordon: http://www.ozmagazine.com/single-post/2017/05/08/Above-the-Line-with-Mac-Gordon
It's a long read, so I'll only post the most interesting bits concerning the locations in here. But head over to the source; there's photos as well!
Above the Line with Mac Gordon
A Conversation with Mac Gordon location manager for the CBS hit series, MacGyver.
At press time Gordon was finishing season one of MacGyver, produced by CBS Television Studios and Lionsgate. (...)
Gordon took over as the show’s location manager with episode seven, heading “two teams of seasoned locations people who run episodes alternately.” Those teams include two key assistants, two assistant location managers, two full-time location scouts, a few PAs and an office coordinator. “I work on all of the episodes but I’m rarely on the set; I’m mostly in meetings or in the van with the producer, director, production designer and cameraman,” he explains. “Because of my experience in the area I’ll get ideas for locations and send scouts to check areas that I think will work. Or they’ll find locations on their own–our scouts are locals and very knowledgeable. Then I’ll ask the production designer and the producer what they think of the choices.”
Gordon’s two decades in the business means his expertise in “how shows need to function” is invaluable. “We’re basically schedule-driven. We crank out a new episode every seven or eight days while spending three days figuring out the locations and tech scouting for the next one. Things move fast; there’s not a lot of dilly-dally. You want to plan a reasonable number of moves for the company on any given day. We pair locations to minimize travel time, and we’ll factor in things like rush hour traffic or particular routes. It’s my job to keep the show moving forward with a minimum of disasters.”
Each episode of MacGyver spends an average of five days on location, Gordon estimates. The balance is spent at the show’s home studio, Mailing Avenue StageWorks. Located two miles from downtown Atlanta, the studio hosts interior shoots for MacGyver and houses its major standing sets and swing sets that are too difficult to shoot practically.
Getting Atlanta and its environs to double for locations around the world can be a challenge. “There’s not a tremendous depth of different looks here,” says Gordon. “Los Angeles, with its mountains and beaches, has more diversity in a 30-mile range. Atlanta is more consistent in its look. There are hills, beautiful forests and the city, of course, but it’s hard to play Afghanistan in Atlanta.”
MacGyver’s writers are mindful of that and have developed scripts that can be produced in Atlanta. “They don’t send us scripts for places that don’t exist here,” says Gordon. “No beaches, no Alpine vistas. We can do a lot of magic, but the more magic you need, the more it costs!”
Still, Gordon and his teams have found a bounty of locations to play the role of domestic and international locales. About an hour from their stages they found an isolated old barn and a horse farm. Just 20 miles west of Atlanta is the decommissioned Douglas County Jail, which has attracted several film and TV productions and which served as a Texas prison in MacGyver. An abandoned military administration office on an old US Army base doubled for the US embassy in Latvia. “The hard part was finding a building we could ‘destroy,’” says Gordon. “There was an explosion out front, machine gun fire and chaos. Special effects installed lots of breakable windows.”
Nevertheless, the sequence required digital visual effects to help sell the embassy’s destruction. “Locations that are augmented or modified in CG are picked because they work for the scene,” Gordon explains. “We scout for the directors and the story as much as we can; when necessary VFX steps in and works with the camera department” to round out the locations with digital wizardry.
The lobby of a Georgia State University building in downtown Atlanta served as a spot under surveillance in Shanghai. The show’s art department dressed the street outside with bicycles, small cars, vans and Chinese signage to make the location more exotic.
The top of an Atlanta parking structure was the site of a helicopter rescue in Kazakhstan. The plot called for an urban environment, so Gordon’s team chose a parking structure with “interesting old and new buildings in the background,” he says. When the chopper was shot down in a wooded area, the production didn’t have to travel far from the stage for an appropriate location. “About 300 yards from the studio is reclaimed land sitting idle,” Gordon reports.
Recurring locations are MacGyver’s house–a real residence adjacent to Buckhead–and the Phoenix Foundation headquarters shown in an establishing shot. The latter is the stunningly modern Porsche Experience Center and North American headquarters in Atlanta, a structure that looks great setting the scene for Phoenix in the storyline. But since it’s “in the airport flight path, it’s too noisy to shoot dialogue there,” says Gordon.
The hardest location to find was a stand in for Amsterdam for an episode where a bomb exploded in a van parked in an old part of the Dutch town. “We don’t see a lot of Amsterdam in Atlanta,” says Gordon. “We found a plaza in Marietta that we thought might work. The art department was amazing and added a ton of the right accoutrements–signage, European-looking kiosks. And later VFX added canals. But that one was tough for all the departments.”
The most difficult locations to secure on a continuing basis are, ironically, part of every urban landscape. “We have a standing order for nice buildings with lobbies for walk-and-talk shots,” says Gordon. “Lobbies are hard to find during the work week. Buildings don’t want all the disruption that goes along with TV production, so we have an ongoing search for them. This is true everywhere–you’ll find the same challenge in LA.”
Gordon believes that studio backlot locations could be “enormously helpful” for a show like MacGyver: “A generic European street would be fantastic for us. Maybe a classic New York City street, too; you can get close to New York, but you can’t find that same look,” he says. A courtroom or a modern prison–locations that are impractical to access in the real world–would also come in handy.
Gordon finds that Atlanta is still welcoming to location teams despite the surge in production in recent years. “Atlanta isn’t saturated to the point where people are mad at us,” he reports. “Most people are excited by the idea of being in a TV show, and it helps to have a show with name recognition, like MacGyver. But it’s always amazing how often we’ll knock on doors and people will tell us they’ve already been scouted or filmed by some other production.”
People also know the value of their properties these days. “Atlanta businesses are thriving,” says Gordon. “You’ll find restaurants hopping on a Tuesday night. If you want to buy them out for a location shoot the price has gone up considerably. They’ve figured out what the market will bear.”
Gordon would like the permitting agencies to “better comprehend the demands of the TV side of the industry. TV moves so fast compared to features. Permitting is almost always in crisis mode since you need so much lead time to do anything remotely hard.
There’s no doubt that cell phones, laptops, tablets and digital cameras have facilitated communications with those in the field and have put location databases at Gordon’s fingertips. But the process of getting out there and finding locations, securing them and coordinating the moves of the TV or film company has remained much the same over Gordon’s career. It’s still a people business.
Still, with all the incredible growth in Georgia’s production business, finding a qualified local locations crew can be difficult, according to Gordon. “I spend a fair amount of time training people. And it’s not the career path for everyone.” He hasn’t seen “a pipeline from film schools” to location management, although MacGyver did have a student intern on board for a while. “By and large it’s still a case of personal references: Somebody will suggest someone, they’ll come in, we’ll talk and I’ll give them a shot. Or not.”
So what are the qualities that make a successful location manager? “Patience, dedication, resourcefulness–and a good sense of direction never hurts,” Gordon laughs. “You have to think outside of the box. And you need to be incredibly diplomatic: We’re the gasket between the film/ TV world and the real world.”
A good location manager needs to read a script and get “a vision in your head” about the kind of locations that will serve the story while being practical in terms of travel, budget and schedule. “The greatest satisfaction comes in knowing that you’ve found the right location,” Gordon says. “A location that will look great on camera and advance the story but is shoot-able too. That’s what it’s all about.”
Gordon is quick to assert that, “a location manager is only as good as his team. The people I work with make things happen and solve complex problems every single day. I’m just the guy who sends them into battle, although I try very hard to always have their backs. “My hat is off to everyone with ‘assistant’ in their location department title,” he declares. “They don’t get thanked a lot, they take a lot of crap and yet they persevere. They work miracles. That’s very admirable and proves to me every day what special people there are in our craft!”
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 July 2018 - 01:13 PM|
| Not sure what kind of store this usually is, but they have been filming there today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 31 July 2018 - 02:51 PM|
|Hm. Sounds interesting: https://www.facebook.com/bill.salina/posts/10218008899473979|
|Posted by: Dragondog 31 July 2018 - 06:35 PM|
|I'm glad the train is keeping them busy|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 August 2018 - 09:36 AM|
| Location for today:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 August 2018 - 11:52 AM|
|Scouting Notice: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmJRp3yHosG/|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 10 August 2018 - 04:33 AM|
|location for today: https://twitter.com/rumbagal/status/1027887364226605057|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 27 August 2018 - 10:35 AM|
|Filming notice: https://twitter.com/drfowler8/status/1034141513108938758|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 8 October 2018 - 05:17 AM|
| Short article about the GWCCA campus as location on episode 3x01: https://www.gwcca.org/macgyver-knows-gwccas-campus-is-a-hidden-gem-for-tv-productions/
MacGyver knows: GWCCA’s campus is a hidden gem for TV productions
posted: Sep. 28, 2018
Fall is officially here, bringing the 2018-2019 TV season along with it. Broadcast networks have been rolling out their fall line-ups with big prime time premieres and as we make our way through what’s known in the industry as “premiere week,” there’s one show that we are particularly excited to see. Tonight, we’ll be watching the CBS action drama “MacGyver.”
Why? Because parts of the television series were filmed right here at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) campus.
In July, the “MacGyver” production crew took over sections of the Georgia World Congress Center to shoot a scene for the show’s third season. More than 100 crew and extras were on campus to film an airport scene for one of the upcoming episodes. The team shot for seven hours and used the main entrance lobby and the International Lounge in Building A to stage the airport. And this isn’t the first time “MacGyver” has used our campus to film for the show.
“We have shot several scenes at GWCC over the past three seasons of MacGyver,” said Mac Gordon, the show’s location manager. “We’ve shot it as an airport, a foreign bunker, and an underground lab. The ease of filming there and the staff make it a pleasure to return each time.”
The production has also utilized our campus as basecamp – a TV and film term meaning the area where all production trailers (cast, makeup, hair, wardrobe, etc.) and vehicles are kept.
Heather Kulla, a GWCCA Senior Event Coordinator, worked with the “MacGvyer” team on its latest shoot as well as other shows that have filmed on the GWCCA campus. Kulla has seen first-hand the effort it takes to bring scenes to life.
“It’s amazing how much time and resources go into a production for what is sometimes only a few seconds on screen,” she said.
TV shows, like “MacGvyer,” require quite a bit of coordination to accommodate the complicated technical and logistical demands of a production. No matter the size of the project, there are several moving parts involved to successfully organize this sort of shoot.
“There are a lot of logistics that are not typical. The space that they are in often involves lots of changes from removing things from our ceiling and walls to adjusting lights in odd places,” Kulla said.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 18 October 2018 - 01:14 PM|
| Filming notice October 23-25:
|Posted by: MacGyverOnline 19 October 2018 - 12:44 AM|
| Is it just me or is it weird that they have different logos for different things. It's like they can't decide which one they want to use on anything.
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 19 October 2018 - 12:50 AM|
| I think these knives logos are just for production and intern stuff by the crew and producers, nothing official put together by CBS.
Looks like they're filming the Christmas Episode this Weekend: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10161267475295495&set=gm.2172069606393557&type=3&theater&ifg=1
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 5 November 2018 - 03:17 PM|
| Location for Thursday/Friday:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 22 February 2019 - 10:16 AM|
|They will be filming in Fairbourn today and Tuesday: https://twitter.com/CC_Georgia/status/1098987564457807872|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 14 March 2019 - 12:59 PM|
|They've been filming on the corner of Kimball and Decatur downtown yesterday: https://twitter.com/IndianTall/status/1105897743699099650|
|Posted by: real_ness 13 April 2019 - 02:06 AM|
What could that be for?
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 13 April 2019 - 06:41 PM|
|Since they filmed there on March 13, I assume it was for Episode 3x21|
|Posted by: real_ness 14 April 2019 - 01:00 AM|
Oh, it's another language, I didn't recognize it lol
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 19 July 2019 - 11:36 PM|
| Notice of Filming at Tarpley Road:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 26 July 2019 - 11:47 AM|
|via Lindsey Davis: https://twitter.com/Linds3yDavis/status/1154166955814899712|
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 August 2019 - 11:59 PM|
| via Have Jet Will Travel:
|Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 August 2019 - 08:29 AM|
|via Lindsey Davis (August 3): https://twitter.com/Linds3yDavis/status/1157632236319137792|