Screenworks supports and provides leadership for the development of an innovative, vibrant and sustainable regional screen industry (film, television, online, games and apps), with a particular focus on the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

We do this by providing professional development and networking opportunities and services for screen content creators and workers, which are delivered in the Northern Rivers and beyond.

Northern Rivers Screenworks Inc is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 87 095 440 458.

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Event Details

A four day Practical Workshop which explores the fundamental roles and responsibilities of the Location Scout and Location Manager.

Delivered by Screenworks and Ecomlocations and supported by Screen NSW & Byron Studios.

The workshop will also cover the relationships between essential department heads and the processes and procedures that are required to facilitate a successful location shoot. Aimed specifically for early - mid-career film & tv practitioners who are interested in a long-term career as a Location Scout and/or Location Manager.


Byron Studios

42-46 Commercial Road

Alstonville, NSW 2477


Dates & Times

09:00 - 17:00

Weekend 1

Friday 12th August

Saturday 13th August

Weekend 2

Friday 19th August

Saturday 20th August 2022


4 day ticket: Free

Interested attendees will be required to detail relevant screen industry experience, and a particular interest in location management/scouting and there is an option to upload a CV

You must reside in one of the 9 following LGAS of Northern NSW: Ballina, Bellingen, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed Shire.

Attendees will be subject to approval

Approved attendees will be expected to attend ALL 4 DAYS

By the end of the workshop each participant will:

1. Understand the relationship between Scouts and Location Managers, the Director, Producer, and Production Designer across different formats (TVCs, TV Drama, Features).

2. Have an understanding of the scouting process from start to end, from visualizing the story, to securing the locations.

3. Know what the modern tools of the trade are and how to best use new technologies.

4. Gain practical experience on how to scout efficiently and to a brief both in TVC and long-form formats and tips on creative scouting.

5. Understand common pitfalls as well as risk management.

6. Gain an in-depth understanding of the roles of the production designer and their input into the locations and creative requirements.

7. Understand the importance of the Unit Manager, Traffic and Pedestrian controls and OH&S.

8. Have an understanding of location burnout and why it happens. Get an insight into the roles of government agencies in promoting locations and the assistance they can provide.

9. Meet working industry professionals who will share case studies and common pitfalls.

10. Gain insight into career opportunities.


Cheryl Conway (Manager, Production Attraction at Screen NSW)

Cheryl Conway

Manager, Production Attraction at Screen NSW

Luke Torrevillas (Ecomlocations)

Luke Torrevillas


Ashley McLeod (Executive Producer at ACM Films)

Ashley McLeod

Executive Producer at ACM Films

Kieran Cato (Managing Director of Cato Location Services)

Kieran Cato

Managing Director of Cato Location Services

Mary Barltrop (Location Manager)

Mary Barltrop

Location Manager

Sarah Stollman (Production Designer)

Sarah Stollman

Production Designer

Diana Yee (Director)

Diana Yee


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