Testimonials from industry clients...
"There are many online location libraries, all competing to provide off-the-peg locations for film-makers. But most are pretty undistinguished. Few challenge the vigour of The Collective, with its mega-database of locations and busy team of fixers, who are adept at chopping through red tape and speedily making ideas become reality."
James Lindsey, Location Manager, Peep Show
"I had a great experience working with The Collective whilst arranging an extremely last minute commercial shoot. The agent who looked after me – JoJo – was very supportive and responsive, and consistently advised me on anything I was not sure on. This was particularly useful as we were under extreme time pressure and I needed quick answers. The location selection I was provided with was spot on and the location we selected was absolutely perfect. Our shoot was a great success and this is largely down to our filming space, but also the flexibility and laid back attitude of the property owner. I look forward to working with The Collective again in the future."
Victoria King, Producer, M & C Saatchi
"I am delighted to report that my recent experience of working with The Collective was an entirely positive one.
The website is straightforward and easy to use, the individual pages load quickly and are easy to read and I particularly like the ability to print out a page with the location's details and photos.We were able to recce the locations we wanted to see with the minimum of fuss as the liaison with the Location Owners was straightforward and quick. The Collective reacted quickly to our requests and got feedback and details from the Location Owner back to me in good time, allowing me to make any changes to my plans without inconveniencing other members of the production team.
Working as I am for a BBC project means that there is another layer of personnel to deal with when putting together the contract. This could have caused extra problems and delay but in this instance everything was smooth and straightforward. Finally the filming was just as expected (very early starts, bad breakfasts, shouting! - I joke of course) we had an excellent week filming at the location and I would delighted to return and would not hesitate to use The Collective again in the future."
Richard Godfrey , BBC drama Location Manager, Eastenders
"Thank you very much for allowing us to film at Williams Way, Avenue Park Road and Chalfont Campus for White Heat. The filming went according to plan and the Director is extremely pleased with the results. I hope to use more Collective locations in the future as you have been a pleasure to work with."
Rupert Bray, Location Manager, White Heat, ITV Studios
"I was introduced to The Collective through a location manager when my search for premises to house this production was seemingly fruitless and we had exhausted all or most options. He put me in touch with Antony Iredale at The Collective and our fortunes changed. Antony understood the brief and through his impressive array of contacts in the industry was able to identify a property that fitted the bill. It took endless site visits to determine whether this was the property for us or not and Antony was always accommodating so that the visits took place at a time that suited us and was always very flexible when we changed the plan! Each meeting was always followed with an email setting out what we had agreed or what the issues were. One of the good things about dealing with the Collective is that they understand the imperatives, not just from the client’s point of view but also from the production’s point of view. They will argue for what’s possible and be very clear about what’s not.
I am very excited about The Collective and their ambitions within the industry. In harnessing the collective talents of experienced professionals and combining their knowledge, they have in a master stroke created an amazing resource which we can all benefit from. I have no hesitation in recommending their services."
Mairi Bett, Co Producer, Green Zone
"Thank you so much for all your help with our filming on Ashes to Ashes 3. The BBC and Kudos executive producers are all extremely pleased with the results and the final series of Ashes is due to air on BBC1 from 23 March. Many thanks again from all the cast & crew of Ashes to Ashes and I look forward to working with you on the next one!"
Antonia Grant, Location Manager, Ashes to Ashes
"Many thanks for your hard work on JE2, especially remaining patient with us when lesser mortals would of run for the hills!"
Dan Whitty, Location Manager, Johnny English Reborn
"It has been a very challenging shoot and we are extremely grateful for all of your support throughout. Of course, we know you’ve had enough experience of ambitious film shoots to understand a certain amount of flexibility is always necessary, and we really appreciate your patience and consistent help with making everything possible. It has been a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to returning to work with you on other films."
Duncan Flowers, Location Manager, RAOne
“Thanks again for helping us out on this one and thanks to every one in your office for being super efficient! I'll certainly be making you guys my first port of call in the future.”
Neil Cray, Stamp Films
"It has to be said that many thanks need to be passed onto all the team, who have been incredibly helpful and inspirational throughout the year in the varied searches I've had the opportunity to share with you."
Jethro Ensor, Location Manager, Secret Diary of a Call Girl
“I would like to thank you, Janie and The Collective team for the excellent service and support you gave us on the ’MISFITS’ production. You were very accommodating and very prompt in dealing with our queries. I wish all agencies were like this because that is exactly the level of service we require particularly when things changed so often at the last minute.
Hopefully we will be back next year. Once again many thanks and see you next year.”
Wim De Greef, Financial Controller, Clerkenwell Films
"We approached a few agencies in our search for a suitable kitchen location and it was the Collective that came up trumps. The planning process was entirely uncomplicated and streamlined from start to finish - plus our shoot couldn’t have gone better. I’d certainly recommend ‘The Collective’ to others without hesitation."
Vicky Ranson, Production Manager
"I have always been very impressed with the services provided by The Collective. I recently worked on 'Identity' for ITV and used RAF West Drayton as a location through The Collective. Recces, access and contracts were all very well co-ordinated and the shoot day ran very smoothly. They are my first port of call when I need to go to a location library."
Tom Elgood, Location Manager, Identity
"Locations Collective we're great at providing a range of options for our shoot and went the extra mile to help us get our first choice at a rate that fitted into a very tight budget"
Andy Noble, Producer
"The Collective are extremely efficient, friendly and dependable. I have been able to throw a varied selection of briefs their way and had solutions that have been original and met the budget. I will certainly continue to use them."
Matt Pothecary, Producer
"'The Collective are friendly, efficient, unflappable, and fully understand the vagaries of location management. They have a huge array of locations and I invariably send then my location brief at the start of a job nowadays"
Harry Whitehead, Location Manager
"All in all I found The Collective an extremely good service and Sarah was an absolute star in making sure everything ran smoothly. If we decide to film something like this again I will definitely give you a call."
Alex Willis-Bray, Production Coordinator
"I recently used The Collective to find a location for a titles shoot. I found them to be extremely efficient, pleasant to deal with and ultimately spot on with their suggestion of location. They matched our brief, worked within our budget. I found their service second to none."
"The Collective are superb! I love working with them as they are always superbly professional, go the extra mile and give the same high level of service whatever the budget. I have called them with some tough briefs and some stringent requirements - and not always the large pot of gold to offer - yet they have always managed to find something suitable.
They are straight forward, friendly to deal with and above all have some fantastic locations. If Carlsberg did locations they'd probably rebrand themselves 'The Collective'."
Thom Green, Freelance Producer
"I found The Collective to be very helpful and professional. We would definitely use them again!"
Rachel Law, Production Manager, Red Bee Media
"I recently sourced a location through The Collective and found the team there to be exceptionally professional and well organised from first to last. The website gave me an excellent 'first call' introduction to a variety of options that suited the brief, and the team then worked with me as the details of schedule, budget and logistics were finalised, all the way through until the completion of the shoot.
I have worked with The Collective previously, and will certainly do so again in the future. They are more than living up to their reputation as the new market leaders."
Alex Gladstone, Location Manager, Casino Royale
"I have been a member of The Collective since its launch. During this time the company has grown to be I feel one of the most approachable and successful location library services for London and the surrounding areas.
The Collective has brought together the experience and knowledge of most of the location industry and because of the incentive to share information and the way the business is run, it has the trust of everybody I know within the industry.
I am happy to recommend their services not only to location owners but to production companies as well."
Chris White, Location Manager, Silent Witness, Poirot, Miss Marple
"The Collective are a friendly and professional outfit, always willing to help. The team have always been more than helpful, sourcing the ideal location. With an extensive library and a personal approach, the team have always, without fail, helped me source and contract the ideal location for promos."
Michael Levelle, Flynn Productions
"I was very impressed with the service I received from The Collective. I asked for a location at very short notice and some other companies I tried couldn’t help me. However, I spoke to your representative who found me the perfect location within a matter of minutes and secured it. All paperwork was sent immediately and Lottie was on call at all times to answer any queries.
It was a stressful shoot to organise on such short notice but The Collective made my job much easier and took a lot of weight off my shoulders. I'll definitely be using you again."
Laura Stanley, Paramount Comedy
"In my experience, staff at The Collective have been eager to help, returning my calls swiftly and with helpful information. Keep up the good work!"
Bill Twiston-Davies, Location Manager, New Tricks