Following on from the filming of the current BBC thriller series The Night Manager, One Great George Street was once again chosen as a filming location for War Machine, a satire of America’s war with Afghanistan. An upcoming American comedy war film directed and written by David Michôd, War Machine is based on the non-fiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings, and features Brad Pitt.
Location Manager Tony Hood shares his experience of working with One Great George Street’s Special Events Team, and sheds some light on why the venue is proving so popular as a filming location…
It can be difficult to secure the dates you need in such a popular venue as One Great George Street (OGGS) but it is always well worth the effort. We used OGGS as a hotel reception for War Machine. There are a number of stunning rooms within the building but what really sets the venue apart is the helpful nature of the event staff who have everything covered. It is unusual in Central London to find a single location that has such an extensive range of film-worthy spaces, and additionally the room to house the various elements of the production to allow us to shoot out the scenes quickly and efficiently.
In a very short space of time we were able to build a hotel reception, load in props, manage all elements of background costume and makeup, have enough green rooms to look after all our principal cast and cater for the whole cast and crew on site.
I would go back every film!
Tony Hood, Location Manager, War Machine
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