The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) proudly announces that location professionals Markus Bensch (A Hidden Life, V for Vendetta), Todd Christensen (Sicario, Moneyball), Robert Foulkes (Ford V Ferrari, La La Land), Harriett Lawrence (Overlord, Sufragette), Janice Polley (Tenet, Heat, Man on Fire)and Michele St-Arnaud (Arrival, X-Men: Days of Future Past)have been accepted into the highly collaborative Designers Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, class of 2020.
“This is a powerful acknowledgement of the talent and creativity Location Professionals bring to the design team,” said LMGI President, Mike Fantasia. “This recognition of our craft by the Academy validates our contribution to filmmaking. It energizes our members and mirrors the mission of the LMGI.”
As the first Location Professional accepted into the Academy, former LMGI President and current Board Member Lori Balton is “over the moon” to be in such good company. “Not every movie is made on location,” she explains. “In many films locations are artistically integral to the storyline and set tone, reveal character, and enhance the narrative, in addition to providing a backdrop for action. It’s especially lovely at this time, as we are reviewing LMGI Award submissions, to be recognized as an essential member of the creative team.”