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Hidden Figures and La La Land were honored for outstanding locations in a period film and locations in a contemporary film, respectively, at the Location Manager Guild International Awards on Saturday at Warner Bros.' Steve J. Ross Theater.
“It’s the content that inspires us to find the locations to bring out what’s on [the writer’s page],” said Steve Beimler, accepting for La La Land. Also accepting for the L.A.-set musical, Robert Foulkes thanked especially the areas that assisted with the film, from Hermosa Beach, for use of the pier, to Griffith Park, the location for the magic hour dance.
Accepting the award for Hidden Figures, location manager Dan Gorman thanked "the women of NASA–Katherine, Dorothy and Mary," as well as director Ted Melfi, production designer Wynn Thomas and many more involved in the production.
On the strength of its work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan was named outstanding film commission.
Also during the evening, Danny Boyle was honored with the Eva Monley Award, which is named after the location scout for John Huston, David Lean and Otto Preminger and honors industry professionals that support of the work of location specialists. Boyle thanked the guild via a taped message during which he saluted the work of location managers as the "building blocks of a movie;" accepting on his behalf was Oscar-nominated production designer Guy Hendrik Dyas.
Location pro and mulltihyphenate Stuart Raven Barter (who has worked with directors including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, and presenter Joe Pytka) receive a Lifetime Achievement Award; and location scout Lori Balton was the recipient of the Trailblazer Award, which was presented by Brad Silberling.
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