Arizona film commissioner Linda Peterson Warren will ankle her eight-year post at year’s end. Warren submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Jane Dee Hull last month.Warren was named to the post by then-Gov. Fife Symington in August 1994. She was director of the Massachusetts Film Office from 1991-94. “After more than a dozen years of public service in Arizona and elsewhere, I am turning in my public sector stripes for those in the private sector,” Warren said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the state of Arizona and its film community.” Warren was an officer in the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl. for four years and wrote the first major bylaws changes instituting professional standards.
* * *Scouting production locations may have become a little easier with the launch of Locations Network, a Toluca-based online scouting resource. Founded in February 2001 by veteran location managers Lisa and Geoffrey White, the site bridges traditional location scouting with the advantages of high-speed Internet. Specific locations to match requests are quickly delivered on a Digital Desktop, an image management system created specifically for this medium. Users can then view images, send out locations to the production team and print them in a matter of minutes. “If a location drops out, or you need a location tomorrow, now you have a resource to get a large selection of high-quality locations in a very short turnaround time,” said executive director Geoffrey White. Location Network is a private enterprise and does not represent the locations found in its database of more than 500,000 images. Digital photographers shot daily for the past year and a half in and around Los Angeles to create the film-ready Locations Library. “When researching, we tried to find a viewer that could organize images at the speed of production, and we couldn’t find one, so we built it from scratch,” said managing director Mark Meloccaro. Location Network is a division of La Classe Locations Inc. For a complete demonstration, visit www.locationnetwork.com.
* * *The Colorado Film Commission wants to quantify the film/video/digital industry’s overall impact on its state’s economy. To accomplish that, the CFC launched a research initiative that will identify and profile companies and individual contributions. “Traditionally, the Colorado Film Commission tracked new production dollars coming into the state,” said CFC program manager Stephanie Two Eagles. “This study will allow us to look within the state and measure the impact of Colorado’s film industry on the economy.” Surveys are being mailed throughout Colorado to production companies, freelancers, supply, equipment and service providers, inhouse production facilities, film festivals, college and universities, high schools and local film commissions and contacts. Results of the research project will be available in 2003.