The Independent recently posted an article that explores the difficult yet essential job that TV show “location managers” have. Finding the perfect spot for a particular scene can be a major challenge.
The position requires many different tools, including Google Earth. From the article:
Another useful tool of the trade is Google Earth, says Breaking Bad’s [Alex] Gianopoulos. “If I’m looking for swimming pools or parking-lots, then Google Earth is priceless,” he says. “But when I need something like an ‘Exterior two-story house, with little to no bushes in front, near the Vamanos Pest [the fumigation company in Breaking Bad]‘ location, the best way to do it is to walk up and down every street in the vicinity.”
“Google Earth?” muses [Nick] Marshall. “Funnily enough, it’s actually very useful if you’re looking for parking.”
The swimming pool part of that brings back memories; back in 2007 Frank posted about a pool cleaning service that used Google Earth to find potential customers.
Google Earth certainly has a lot of uses, and this is a great example of one that most people don’t think about. Check out the full article for yourself over on The Independent website.