Using Google Earth to find locations for TV shows

location-managerThe 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.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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