- 1 Below is a list in no particular order of blogs authored by other New York City location scouts:
- 2 Scouting NY
- 3 Life of a Movie Location Scout
- 4 Scenes from an Unglamorous Life
- 5 A Scouting Life
- 6 PolyBloggimous
- 7 Sam Rohn – Location Scout’s photostream (photoblog)
- 8 Location Scout Photoblogging
- 9 locationscout.blogspot.com
- 10 Location Scout Blogging – Library Clips
- 11 Wikipedia: OPML
- 12 Library Clips Feed
- 13 Blog – Wikipedia
- 14 Blogging at Amazon
I’m not a very good photographer. Somehow, however, I’ve managed to be employed as a New York City location scout for the past four years, finding locations for feature films. I’ve been pretty much everywhere at this point, from the highest rooftops to the deepest subway tunnels.
Life of a Movie Location Scout
Anthony Mason looks at the fascinating, yet often invisible world of movie location scouting..
Scenes from an Unglamorous Life
I moved to NYC from the Midwest in the early 90’s to pursue a career in the movie business. I thought it would be glamorous (both NYC and the biz). It never was, really. And that’s precisely why I stayed. I hope in that sharing the experiences of my past and present, I can save a lot in therapist bills.
A Scouting Life
Life as a location scout. Some days you’re received like Ed McMahon, other days you’re Willy Loman.
note: see also: A Scouting Life
Sam Rohn – Location Scout’s photostream(photoblog)
If you know of any other blogs by New York City area location scouts, please send me the url and I will consider adding the blog(s) to the list.
Location Scout Photoblogging
I am a big fan of the current photoblogging craze – its my personal opinion that the proliferation of photoblogs, vlogs and just plain blogs is proof of the many ways the internet and digital imaging have put a universe of creativity tools and the ability to generate media in the hands of everyman.
Inevitably, there is a considerable amount of what I consider “junk” but I am also amazed at the beauty and design values of some of the photography available for viewing on the internet, lest we forget “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and depending on the nature of its context, a “good” photo is not, neccesarily, a “beautiful” photo.
What follows is an unordered list of some mostly New York City-themed photoblogs that I like:
- Eliot Shepard on Flickr and http://www.slower.net/
Some of the sites included above probably don’t qualify as proper “Web 2.0” photoblogs (i.e. Forgotten New York and others…) however they are still online collections of photos that I enjoy.
I would feel remiss if I didnt mention I have (albeit pretty brief) my own personal photoblog / vlog….
There are number of free or low-cost photoblogging solutions online, here are just a few in no particular order:
- WordPress get a free blog and skin it with a thumblogger theme
- Google around – there are sure to be plenty of attractive options
…and of course, as a professional location scout, I am always on the lookout for unique places to present as ideas for clients and for unique ways to present location images, for that matter…
- updated: 4/11/08: locationscout.blogspot.com is live again
- 1st update timestamp: March 15, 2008 @ 21:15 | update: 3/15/2008 at this point most (if not all) of my Blogger Blogs are deprecated, the content having been imported to nyc.locationscout.us and the blogs themselves redirected to same.
- original timestamp: May 20, 2006 @ 21:09 | The move is complete!
All the archives from locationscout.blogspot.com have been moved over here to www.locationscout.us! -RH
Location Scout Blogging – Library Clips
I always dug this site– I went thru a period when I was really preoccupied with trying to find uses for and learning to work with rss / xml feeds, opml and other feed aggregation / feed generation resources, especially with regard to how such resources might be integrated into websites.
OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) is an XML format for outlines. Originally developed by Radio UserLand as a native file format for an outliner application, it has since been adopted for other uses, the most common being to exchange lists of web feeds between web feed aggregators.
The OPML specification defines an outline as a hierarchical, ordered list of arbitrary elements. The specification is fairly open which makes it suitable for many types of list data.
There is quite a bit of actual feed interaction involved with using opml so there is quite a lot of good feed info and linkage which I have found really useful on LibraryClips in addition to literally a world of opml. Call me geeky, but it’s a lot of fun to read johnt as he experiments with what different site and mashups can and can’t do. Interesting dude. I have started following him on Twitter recently. One warning, don’t go to his site from a dial up connection or using an ancient computer, there are so many badges and widgets in the sidebar, it will take forever for your computer to load the site if it doesn’t lock it up altogether.
A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.