Location Management 101

Learn what it takes to get your start as a Location Manager!

Location Management 101 is the first course developed collaboratively by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI). It provides an introduction to the art of Location Management for feature films, television, commercials and other creative projects. This course will give the participant an overview of the work typically performed by professional location scouts, location managers and members of their team.

After taking this course, you will be able to discuss and identify:

  • The definition and characteristics of a “location”
  • Common traits and skills required to be a location manager
  • The duties and responsibilities of a location manager
  • Ways a location manager interacts with various departments within a production
  • Ways a location manager interacts with film commissions and members of the general public

This course has two chapters. There are eight lessons in Chapter One, and ten lessons in Chapter Two. Randomly placed within each chapter are a series of quizzes with multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge of the material presented in the various lessons. This course registers your progress. After you read a lesson, click the “Mark Complete” button, then click on the “Next Lesson” button to ensure your progress is recorded. When you reach a quiz, click on the text bar to open the quiz. You’ll have the opportunity to retake each quiz as many times as necessary to achieve a passing grade. Once all lessons are completed and all quizzes have been passed, you’ll receive a joint AFCI/LMGI authorized certificate of completion.

A glossary of common production terms has been created to assist you with this course.  Please click here to access and download this document.  You may want to keep it handy as you proceed through this course to help you fully understand the content.


  • There are references throughout this course to standards and practices that are commonly used in North America, but may not exist or be necessary in other regions of the world.
  • At the time this course was written, standard health and safety protocols for filming during the COVID-19 pandemic were still being developed, implemented and evaluated. Information on COVID-19 procedures will be revised as the science evolves.


LMGI: Mike Fantasia, Hans Dayal, Becky Brake, Timothy Hillman, Leah Sokolowsky

AFCI: Jess Conoplia, Marjorie Galas

Filmmaker U Online Education Series

Filmmaker U is a collaboration of educators and innovators Josh Apter & Jason Banke of Manhattan Edit Workshop and Gordon Burkell at Aotg.com. This online seminar series was created to give aspiring and existing filmmakers unprecedented access to the lost art of apprenticeship in the film industry. Filmmaker U instructors are acclaimed and award-winning artists who are the best filmmakers in the business.   For more information please visit www.filmmakeru.com.


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Imposters Theater – Comedy Writing, Improv, & Acting Classes/Workshops in Tremont

Imposters Theater is located in Tremont and offers a variety of improv, comedy writing, & acting workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Imposters Theater’s goal is to foster a creative and inclusive space to support, showcase, educate, and grow Cleveland’s vibrant independent comedy & film community through a variety of workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Our instructors include creative director Michael Busch (UCB, Conan, Comedy Central Digital) and guest instructors such as Cleveland natives Dana Quercioli (Second City Chicago) and author/comedian Dave Hill.

For more information on classes/workshops and more please visit: https://www.imposterstheater.com/classes

Tri-C Film Academy

Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to enter the film industry as a set or office production assistant (PA). Class begins August 19th.

Overview of the Academy
Tri-C’s Film Academy is an intensive program that offers a streamlined series of courses designed to maximize professional instruction in a fraction of the time. The goal is to train a workforce for hire in entry-level positions on broadcast, film, commercial, video game or industrial productions in Northeast Ohio and the surrounding region. Courses serve as the beginning of a student’s industry networking experience and the first step toward getting a foot in the door of the local motion picture production industry.
  • Understand pre-production and production processes of filmmaking.
  • Taught by industry professionals who can hire or recommend participants for hire.
  • Network with film industry professionals and other trainees.
  • Access to educational opportunities in the moving image industries.
  • Scholarships available. Workforce Training Scholarship Information

Meet Your Instructors


Tri-C’s Film Academy courses were developed with help from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, industry professionals and members of IATSE Local 209 with the goal of properly training and growing the media industry workforce in Northeast Ohio. The training is designed to give maximum professional instruction in a fraction of the time while providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow trainees.

Studios shooting movies in Cleveland look to hire as many local crewmembers as possible. Those jobs go to people who can walk onto a set and know what to do, and producers know they can find skilled entry-level workers at the Tri-C Film Academy.

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Houde School of Acting Classes

Learn the technique to nail auditions and land roles!

Offering Online and In-Person Acting Classes

Wondering what makes great actors so great? The secret is in their tried-and-true technique. A technique that will separate you from your competition in the audition room and on-set.

At Houde School of acting, we specialize in the Meisner Technique. In addition to our classes on Meisner, we also offer Improv, Script Analysis, Self Tape Coaching, On Camera, Scene Study, and a variety of specialty workshops.

Get yourself the training and confidence you need to separate yourself from the competition.


1st Team Actors Studio

1st Team Actors Studio has weekly classes that run on 8-week sessions with the next session beginning in September. In addition to their weekly classes that include Auditioning, Scene Study, Improv Skills for the Actor, and Actors Arsenal they also have a monthly class where actors can gain valuable performance time and receive individualized support to help them attain their goals.
1st Team has incredibly talented guest teachers lined up to come in and teach weekend workshops, too! Their stellar line up includes John D’Aquino (Disney’s Corey in the House, Seinfeld, NCIS, Dexter) Sara Sevigny (Empire, South Side) Janet Ulrich Brooks (Fargo. Sense8, Divergent), Vince Pisani (Stranger Things, Office Christmas Party, Tag, Jumanji) and Jeffrey Grover (Dark Waters, I Feel Pretty, New Amsterdam).
1st Team Actors Studio is a place for local talent to receive the training to truly make them competitive in this market. They pride ourselves on supporting the actor every step of the way and provide a creative, educational and positive place for everyone to hone their skills and work their craft.
All of their classes and workshops can be found at https://angelaboehmcasting.com/1st-team/

1st Team Actors Studio is dedicated to bringing Hollywood-caliber training to Northeast Ohio. In addition to ongoing classes, the studio will bring in professionals to teach masterclasses and workshops. From directors to agents, managers and actors, their team is uniquely connected in the film industry.

Check their website for more information. Sign up for notifications to their Facebook page.

For questions, contact [email protected].