In May 2019, California governor Gavin Newsom named Ms. Colleen Bell as the new Executive Director of the California Film Commissioner. Ms. Bell replaces Amy Lemisch, who had held the position for an unprecedented fifteen years, and oversaw the implementation of the California tax credit to combat run away productions.
My journey in the tourism sector has been a very exciting and rewarding one. I was exposed to tourism and travel right from childhood. My father, who is my role model, always made sure we took out time to take part in game drives as well as visit different protected areas. These had a significant impact on my life.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has widely been described as a love letter to a bygone era. Set in 1969, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature is somewhat of a walk down memory lane for the director. Period locations featured were plucked from his memories of growing up in the city or draw on his encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood.
I started in the film business straight from school in 1990 as a personal driver to the German actress Iris Berben. I also worked for her son, Oliver Berben, and with Constantin Film as a unit manager in 2000. My first job as a location scout was on Bookies in 2001. I had to find locations in Cologne, Germany, that could double for Philadelphia in the USA. I had found my profession!
I received my master’s degree from Boston University in Broadcast Journalism, focusing in documentary filmmaking and broadcast news. I worked in local television, theatre, radio and print media as a producer, presenter, actress and editor for over 20 years.
On location in Ghana with Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante – President of the Black Star International Film Institute
I was bitten by the film bug at 17 when I got my first acting job. My career took off very quickly with a supporting role in HBO’s 2001 production Deadly Voyage. I also won ‘Best Actress’ in Ghana in the same year.
On location in Tunisia with Chiraz Latiri Cherif, Director General of the National Center for Cinema & Image Industries
I became a lecturer and the director of the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts at the University of Manouba once I had gained my PHD in computer science. This gave me the opportunity to rub shoulders with audiovisual professionals as students or visiting professors.
During its initial run, Deadwood, the western drama set in the lawless town of Deadwood, North Dakota during the 1870s was consistently lauded by critics and cultivated a loyal fan base. So when HBO decided to cancel the series after its third season in 2006, cast and fans alike were surprised. After a thirteen year hiatus, HBO has brought the town back to the smallscreen in the form of a movie. We spoke to Location Manager Jesse Lorber to peek behind the scenes of one of the most anticipated revivals of the year.
On location in Berlin with location scout, and BVL- Location Scouts Guild of Germany member, Tatjana Liebenow
I have a real patchwork vita but it has always been about media. I studied visual communications at college and my first experience with scouting was 18 years ago when I worked as a production assistant for a commercial production company. We had a big shoot for a Burger King spot coming up. The client wanted to shoot a Motorcycle Chapter Clubhouse full of bikers. I thought “this is exciting, I can do this”.
I have been the CEO of the Union des Producteurs de Cinema (UPC) since 2007. Before that I was General Counsel of the French Union of Phonographic Producers, which is the French member of the IFPI.