California on Location Awards fetes pros

Event took place Sunday in Los Angeles

The California on Location Awards honored more than two dozen location pros at its Sunday ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

Top COLA honors for feature location professional of the year went to Mike Fantasia for his work on “The Green Hornet” and to Timothy Hillman as TV episodic location pro “CSI: NY.” Assistant location manager kudos for features and TV went, respectively, to Michael Wesley Aycock for “Inception” and Jason Kaplon for “Cold Case.”

Joan Collins and Linda Gray co-hosted the 16th annual kudofest, presented for the last time by Film Liaisons in California Statewide. COLA announced earlier this month that FilmLA, the nonprofit that handles permits for location work in Los Angeles, will begin coordinating the awards next year.

The prize for commercials went to Kent Matsuoka for a Ford spot. Location team of the year kudos went to the pros behind “NCIS: Los Angeles,” led by Tony Salome, and to “The Green Hornet” team, led by Fantasia.

The kudofest, which feted winners in 13 categories, honors the work of location professionals in California as well as the public employees who facilitate filmmaking.

“Most often overlooked in the credits, a quality location manager with creative confidence and visual foresight is paramount in the overall success of a project,” said Pauline East, head of California’s Antelope Valley Film Commission. “The California On Location Awards reminds us of their very significant contribution.”

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