Catskills - Location 9017
What was your route to becoming a location scout?
I was new to NYC, jumping from department to department, seeing what I really enjoyed. I was introduced to a wonderful Location Manager, Lauri Pitkus, and offered to work for free on an Oprah Winfrey After School Special she was managing. On day 3 she put me on pay roll. And I just kept with it, ultimately jumping from feature films to print and tv commercials.
What have been your career highlights?
I’ve enjoyed so many of my projects, each one being a different and unique challenge, but one highlight is one of the first feature films i scouted for, Ang Lee’s ‘The Ice Storm.’ The art direction and locations were so key to the story set in 1973 suburban Connecticut. I scouted for the characters homes, which were traditional, classic grand estates and the new modern glass homes that were starting to appear, upsetting the neighborhood’s natural architectural order. I loved how architectural design and metaphor played into the story sharing the same dysfunctional relationship as that of its characters. And its just a fantastic film. That and the publishing of my first book last year, was certainly extremely satisfying.