Episode 10

#10: Andy Picheta, Emmy Winning Director, Producer and Location Manager - Lessons for Success

Published on: 29th April, 2024

In this captivating episode of "Filmmaking Framed," hosts Tom Dexter and Danion Hughes are joined by Emmy-winning director, Grammy nominated Producer and seasoned location manager Andy Picheta. Andy regales listeners with stories from his illustrious career, highlighting his exceptional work on music videos and concerts for rock legends such as Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and Metallica. He recounts the logistical challenges and thrilling experiences of managing the monumental 1991 concert in Moscow, a defining moment in rock history. Andy also offers a candid assessment of film crews, discussing both the challenges and triumphs of managing complex team dynamics on set. He also shares invaluable advice for budding directors and aspiring location managers, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, respect, and clear communication in the demanding world of film and music video production. This episode is essential listening for anyone eager to delve into the dynamic and exhilarating world of filmmaking and live music production.

Key Lessons

• Directors Should Resist Over-Compromising: Andy advises directors to maintain a firm hold on their vision, emphasizing the importance of not yielding too much in the face of production pressures. He suggests that while some flexibility is necessary, directors should be bold and assertive in preserving the integrity of their creative vision.

• Diplomacy and Efficiency for Location Managers: He highlights the dual role of location managers in securing sites and mediating between the crew and local communities. Andy underscores the need for diplomacy and effective communication to manage locations smoothly and maintain positive relations.

• Effective Leadership in Film Production: Andy discusses the value of strong leadership in film production, stressing that good leaders communicate clearly and foster a supportive team environment. This ensures that each team member can perform effectively, contributing to the overall success of the project.


• Local Film Commissions: Provide essential information, logistical support, and help in navigating local regulations for location managers.

• Film Location Databases: Online databases catalogue various locations suitable for filming, aiding location managers in scouting and securing ideal spots.

• Professional Networks: Encourage building and maintaining robust networks within the industry for advice, sharing experiences, and uncovering opportunities.

• Facebook Groups: Such as "Location Department Juniors," which offer a platform for networking and information sharing among film professionals, facilitating job opportunities and community support.

Filmmaking Framed is proudly supported by Centroid Motion Capture, a leader in providing state-of-the-art motion capture technology to the entertainment industry.

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Filmmaking Framed
Exploring the Craft: Inside Filmmaking with Tom Dexter & Danion Hughes
Welcome to Filmmaking Framed, the show where we dive deep into the world of filmmaking with industry professionals. Join our hosts, Tom Dexter and Danion Hughes, as they interview talented filmmakers, uncover their journeys into the industry, learn about their roles, and gain valuable advice for launching a successful career in the world of film. Whether you're a student aspiring to work in the industry, or a creative individual passionate about the art of filmmaking, this podcast is your backstage pass to the industry's secrets and insights. Get ready to be inspired, educated, and empowered on your filmmaking journey.

Filmmaking Framed is proudly supported by Centroid Motion Capture, a leader in providing state-of-the-art motion capture technology to the entertainment industry.


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