It additionally helps that, moreover proudly owning such a wonderful residence, the Goodens are well-versed in what’s — and isn’t — acceptable in negotiations. As Mr. Alpert recalled, generally owners could make a location supervisor’s job further troublesome with excessive calls for.
In a single story line in “Large Little Lies,” Celeste plans to depart her abusive husband, so Mr. Alpert’s crew went looking for an condo that she may transfer into. They discovered a spot they thought could be good, at the least till “the home-owner began requesting all types of weird issues from us,” he mentioned.
“Some I received’t share,” he added. “However one ask included including wording into the contract itself that he may take an image with Nicole Kidman. I acknowledged that I couldn’t comply with that on paper, however provided up that I might ask Nicole. Understanding Nicole she most certainly would have achieved it.” However the home-owner demanded a promise on paper.
“At that time I mentioned ‘Thanks, I’ll get again to you,’ and I walked exterior, referred to as my crew, and we instantly began scouting for a brand new condo,” Mr. Alpert mentioned.
That have affirmed one thing that Mr. Alpert firmly believes: When looking for an ideal location, on the waterfront or not, it’s typically the homeowners — not the locations — which can be probably the most essential issue. In contrast to the solid and crew, who may shoot at a location for a couple of days, a location supervisor may be on website for weeks.
He mentioned that forging friendships is vital to a profitable shoot. One of the crucial crucial issues to handle, Mr. Alpert mentioned, isn’t what you’re seeing onscreen, however the whole lot that you just’re not.
“Even when we’re capturing in somebody’s home and we’re solely capturing in the lounge, we’re in each different room, and we’re three blocks down the street,” he mentioned. “That’s the place it’s important to actually exit of your solution to ingratiate your self and change into pleasant with the realm the place you shoot so that you don’t get right into a scenario the place they need to kick you out.”
Regardless of his title, his actual job, Mr. Alpert joked, isn’t location administration. “I name it location mothering,” he mentioned.