LEGENDS OF COMMERCIALS PRODUCTION: Location Managers

STEVE MORTIMOR, TOM PETCH, MARK JONES AND ALEXANDER QUENNELL
Ages early 30s
Based at SALT, London
Daily fees £300 a day

Career highlights The group have worked on Nike for Tarsem through @radicalmedia, Kronenbourg for Chris Palmer through Gorgeous, Adidas for Traktor through Partizan and John Smith's for Andy Morahan through The Paul Weiland Film Company.

Would you believe Petch, Jones and Quennell used to be in the army, which explains why they are so knowledgeable about exotic locations and why nobody argues with their logistics know-how. Another piece of SALT trivia: Vaughan Arnell's pop promo for All Saints' The Beach may look like it was filmed in Thailand, but it all took place on a North Norfolk beach in January.

What people are saying "When the shit hits the fan they will bust a gut. They never bat a problem back to you. And they are very nice, according to Dawn Laren, a producer at Godman.

CHRIS ALLEN
Age 34
Based at Santa Monica, California
Daily fee $600 per day

Career highlights Allen, who has been scouting for six years, works mostly with Traktor, Partizan and @radicalmedia, and he recently scouted locations for Mister White, Quentin Tarantino's commercials production arm. He loves the travel and photography, and has researched venues from the Panama Canal to the Rocky Mountains, and Mount Whitney to Death Valley.

Would you believe When seeking out locations for a Traktor 7-Up spot, Allen flew over the Niagara Falls in a helicopter. He dangled out of the helicopter door, supported only by a safety strap, in order to get the pictures he needed.

What people are saying "He connects with directors and has a great eye for what they are trying to find. He is also a fine photographer and has got all his digital stuff together, according to Steve Jaeger, a film and theatre producer.

DAVE COMER
Age 40
Based at New Zealand
Daily fee by negotiation

Career highlights Comer spent one-and-a-half years scouting locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but was happy to get back to commercials, and is particularly proud when elements of his own footage appear in a finished spot.

Would you believe For a Qantas spot, Comer gathered 300 children at Ayers Rock with only seven minutes of light left to shoot in, and no weather insurance. They succeeded in getting the live footage, but when people saw it they all commented: "Isn't it marvellous what you can do on the computer nowadays?"

What people are saying "Not only is Dave Comer like an encyclopedia when it comes to geography and locations, but he's got a great sense of aesthetics and finds some of the most dramatic landscapes to film in," Jules Shelton, a producer at @radical.media Sydney, says.

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