WHERES THE LOCATION DEPARTMENT IMDB??

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Stop treating this department with contempt. Anyone who works in production knows that Locations it's own Department.
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Lets see if they trot out the same BS answer from 12 months ago.
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IMDb is well aware of the role and importance of Location Managers, and the fact that we do not currently have a specific category devoted to them is not meant to reflect a lack of recognition for their contribution to the film-making process.

The reason why IMDb categorizes and groups credits in a certain way is essentially technical. The database stores more than 150 million film/TV credits and data items, and is broken down internally into different data sections, each managed and maintained separately, allowing us process and display this content more efficiently.

When these categories were created, many years ago, there were two main factors playing a role in our plan to divide credits. The first was the prominence of these entries in the credits of films or TV show; the other was the amount of credits that would be grouped together if they were moved to their own department. Both considerations still inform any decisions to create new categories.

Changing this structure is a very substantial undertaking because it affects the way credits are submitted, processed, stored and displayed on IMDb.com and on all related sites and apps. It involves significant internal changes and major programming and data management work. This is the main reason why we have not made a change to these categories in several years.

For a new category of credits to be created (in general, I'm not referring specifically to Location Managers) two things need to happen: the first would be that the credits gain enough prominence to be routinely or at least frequently listed in the main titles of a feature of show or in a prominent, dedicated section. An example of this are visual effects or music supervisor credits, which (at least at the head/supervisor level) are now often listed in the main credits of many film rather than at the end.

The other requisite is that there should be enough of these credits to make it technically sensible to manage them as a separate group. This quantitative approach is one of the reasons why some of the existing groups may seem a bit inconsistent to an outsider: the most noticeable example is the fact that we have a single category which groups together assistant directors and second unit directors (even though those jobs are different) because neither group of credits, by itself, would be large enough to warrant its own category.

At this time, location managers and related jobs do not fulfill these criteria. While this doesn't permanently rule out creating a separate department for them, it means that the work necessary to implement this change cannot currently be prioritized over required maintenance tasks and most frequently requested improvements.

We periodically revisit this topic and we will always give serious consideration to suggestions for new categories which fulfill either of the above requirements.

bob
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Bob, you didn't credit Giancarlo Cairella,
the official rep who originally posted (7 months ago)
the entire text you copied above.

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/why_is_there_no_locations_department_in_the_crew_listings#re...
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I know....I was on my tablet so couldn't embed a link easily....was coming to laptop to do just that but you beat me to it!

Sorry - was not trying to take words without credit....or claim I was giving an official answer.

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Thanks for that reply bob. However, it makes no sense whatsoever. Essentially, what you are saying is boiled down here.

"For a new category of credits to be created (in general, I'm not referring specifically to Location Managers) two things need to happen: the first would be that the credits gain enough prominence to be routinely or at least frequently listed in the main titles of a feature of show or in a prominent, dedicated section. An example of this are visual effects or music supervisor credits, which (at least at the head/supervisor level) are now often listed in the main credits of many film rather than at the end."

So, the problem is with IMDB. Claiming that a 'new heading' or 'category' to be created, the Department in question has to be either a)listed in the opening credits, or b) have enough people with Credits in the Department to warrant it's own 'heading'.

Here is the fact.

The Locations Department is a fully functioning department of any Production shooting on Location.
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I couldn't care less about how IMDB perceive things to be departmentalised. You say it will take 'major work' to add in a Locations Department! You do realise Locations IS IT'S OWN DEPARTMENT. You're telling us you can't possibly change it, or you think about changing it but then can't? You also realise that people who work in Film put up with excuses like this all the time? Who are you kidding?

You are doing a Major disservice to the LOCATION DEPARTMENT.

You look like you have no idea what you are doing to be honest, if I'm being fair. You've made a huge misteke and you are unwilling to fix it.

You are saying Locations is not a Department.

This will change.
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Holder,
These are not my words, this is the official reply from IMDb staff.

Currently I know they have this issue flagged as being under consideration - probably for technical possibilities I would guess.

In the meantime, starting multiple threads on the same thing will not generate any additional movement on this issue.

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Why? Why are you against the creation of the rightful Locations Department?

No-one else has to put up with this bar everyone else in 'Other'.

I'll start a thread every hour of the day until this is changed.

It's a complete lack of respect.
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We can put a man on the moon and can't change a line of code?

Who are you guys kidding?
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Holder,
I totally agree that IMDb should expand many of its defaults...not just for your profession but also for others, and for dropdowns in other areas too...however I do not speak for IMDb...all I was doing was saving you time by giving you word-for-word the official response.

Responding in this manner towards me will not help....nor will threatening to spam this forum (thus drowning out other professionals with problems needing help).

...but of course, what you chose to do is entirely up to you.

bob 
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