Finalist Selection & Judging
The recipients of the California on Location Awards (COLA’s) were selected from many qualified finalists by a panel of film industry experts. The fourteen judges for 2014 brought their own experience from production work to determine the award winners, as well as assuring objectiveness in the judging process.
To select the COLA finalists, all nominations for the awards were voted on by the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) and a steering committee from Teamsters Local 399. The top vote getters become finalists. The judges then meet at a luncheon, having read the finalists’ nominations, and discuss each category of awards. The judges vote in a secret ballot, and the recipients are revealed for the first time at the ceremony tonight. In a tight field of so many worthy professionals, all nominees deserve recognition for their exemplary work.
The FLICS and the California Film Commission extend our gratitude to the judges for this 20th anniversary show. We appreciate their commitment and time, and are pleased to name them below.
2014 Judging Panel
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Gregory Alpert has worked with some of the most influential directors of our time, including Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Ron Howard, Ivan Reitman, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. He has worked as both a Location Manager and Production Supervisor, and has collaborated with each of these directors, respectively, on numerous projects.
As a Location Manager, he has traveled extensively throughout the country on shows that range from independent films such as Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune” starring Glenn Close and Julianne Moore, to Production Supervising blockbuster hits such as “Terminator 3” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” starring Tom Cruise.
Mr. Alpert’s first paid gig in the world of Locations was as an assistant Location Manager on a TV Movie starring Lindsay Wagner in 1992 entitled “She Woke Up.” Several years prior to that, however, Mr. Alpert experienced his first taste of location scouting. In the summer of 1979, while attending a Boy Scout Camp, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Central New Jersey during his summer break from high school, Producers of a small movie arrived at the camp to scout locations. Mr. Alpert was selected to take the Producers out in a boat to explore the lake and was informed that the Camp would be renamed “Camp Crystal Lake” for the picture. That film was the 1980 cult slasher movie “Friday the 13th” which is considered one of the first “true” slasher movies, and one of the most profitable slasher films in cinema history. This marked the very moment that location scouting was instilled in Mr. Alpert’s blood (pun intended), and, in case you were wondering, yes, he IS an Eagle Scout.
A partial listing of Mr. Alpert’s credits include: “Escape from L.A.”, “Out of Sight” ,“A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, “Minority Report”, “Surrogates” and “No Strings Attached”.
Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Vic Bulluck is a successful senior executive and innovator with over 20 years experience in the development and execution of initiatives, programs and events for the multicultural/new general market audience. He has been a force for the expansion of the Entertainment Industry’s initiatives to achieve diversity in talent, executive leadership, cultural understanding, and increasing domestic and international market maximization. These efforts include opening the Hollywood Bureau office for the national NAACP, and becoming its first Executive Director. Vic continued these efforts serving as the Managing Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
At the Academy, Mr. Bulluck led the development and execution of inclusion strategies for Academy staff programs, as well as domestic and international outreach initiatives. He leveraged existing programs and accomplishments to maximize the Academy’s impact, to develop the next generation of filmmakers and new audiences. Vic forged new relationships in the international film community that will facilitate increased importing and exporting of content and production expertise, which will expand mutual understanding and cooperation that can yield increased international exposure and market acceptance.
A highly focused achiever with excellent management skills, Vic is a respected thought leader whose expertise includes development and execution of strategies, negotiations, budget management and project management. He has lobbied and negotiated with key entertainment industry executives to expand access and provide opportunities for women, the disabled, the LGBT community and people of color. He has advanced deals, programs and initiatives that focus on employment issues that impact creative, executive and technical positions in the entertainment industry. This and other work has been recognized by the California State Legislature and The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
Vic has brought to these efforts a successful record as a producer. He is an Executive Producer on the long running hit series, The Judge Mathis Show, which recently began its 15th season. He Executive Produced the NAACP Image Awards, which aired live in primetime on FOX and NBC. Vic is an approved Executive Producer at Fox and NBC for primetime network specials. Among his other production credits, he produced two international co-productions for Warner Bros International based out of Paris.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he was an Interdisciplinary Major in Film, Theater, Philosophy and Journalism. He began his career writing fan magazines for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, including the best-selling “The Art of the Empire Strikes Back.”
Studio Transportation Drivers
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Steve Dayan began his career in the film industry in 1978. His first foray into location management began with the Television Movie “The Day After” – the first film of its type to explore the after effects of nuclear war. Since then, Steve has worked as a Production Supervisor on “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Volcano.” Steve has scouted across the United States and Central America, including Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
In 2014, Steve became Secretary Treasurer for Studio Transportation Drivers, Teamsters Local 399 in Hollywood, which represents Studio Drivers, Location Managers and Casting Directors. A senior official with Teamsters Local 399, Steve has skillfully cultivated strategic relationships with labor leaders, elected officials, management and the media. Steve was tapped by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve on the board of the California Film Commission, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He also served as Chairman of the Board for FilmL.A. in 2005.
Some of Steve’s TV credits include “Moonlighting,” “Shannon’s Deal,” and “Man of the People.” His Feature Film credits include “City of Angels,” “Ed TV,” “Volcano,” “The Cable Guy,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “The Net,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Fifteen Minutes Imax 3-D,” and a Cirque Do Soleil project entitled “The Journey of Man.”
Steve has worked on every type of project from commercials and music videos to television and feature films, and has established himself as one of the best in his field.
He is well regarded by the film community and his peers, and has always been committed to improving communications between the film industry and the community at large.
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David Doumeng was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Growing up in St. Thomas, he learned to sail and later became a charter boat Captain. His second job at the time was as an entertainer, singing and playing guitar in the local bars. It was there that Rock N Roll Hall Of Famer, Dave Mason, heard him perform and invited him on tour. After touring the USA, David decided to relocate to Los Angeles.
The film business wasn’t his first choice when he arrived; instead he entered the world of gemology. He would eventually open his own office on Hill St. selling diamonds and fine gems. He soon tired of the hustle of the gem business and decided to pursue another dream, acting. It was during his brief go as an actor (in really bad movies), that he decided to explore the other side of the camera.
His location managing career started with a film company, which was the off-shoot of Concord Pictures–the very prestigious Sunset Pictures. His first location managing job was on a movie called “Vampirella.” To this day he questions why the academy overlooked such a great film. After doing several movies, all of equal caliber, he decided to make his way to the commercial world. He often recalls the day he approached the window of the catering truck on his first commercial set and innocently asked, “Can anyone have an omelet?”
Yes, the straight to video world now behind him, he would go on to win three COLA’s. His first COLA was for a Toyota Camry commercial in which he cleared huge areas of the local freeways.
The most recent win, last year’s COLA for Location Professional of the Year – Commercials, was for Nike.
Last year would also see him win the first LMGA award for Location Professional of the Year – Commercials, which he shared with scout Charlie Love.
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Caleb grew up in Sherman Oaks and attended Emerson College in Boston for film school, class of ’99. One of his first jobs in the industry was in the sound department where he was a boom operator for a season of “Sesame Street” in Queens, NY.
Caleb’s first job in a location department was on “Erin Brockovich” where he ran the air conditioning. He was sponsored by Greg Alpert and Ken Lavet to get into the union, having worked on “Traffic.” Working closely with Lavet, he got his first managerial position running 2nd unit on “XXX: State of the Union.”
Caleb feels he has been very fortunate to be able to find work in L.A over the last 4 years and to have been a part of some interesting films, including “The Artist,” “Hitchcock,” and “Liberace: Behind the Candelabra.”
Caleb lives in Santa Monica with girlfriend Ashlee and her daughter Macy and their cat Nigel.
Caleb was the recipient of the COLA 2011 “Location Manager of the Year Award for Independent Features” for his work on “The Artist.” He also was the recipient for the 2012 COLA “Location Manager of the Year” for “Hitchcock” and the 2013 COLA “Location Manager of the Year” for “Behind the Candelabra.”
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Ed Duffy serves as Vice President for Studio Transportation Drivers, Teamsters Local 399 in Hollywood, the local which represents studio drivers, location managers and casting directors.
As a senior official with Teamsters Local 399, Duffy has skillfully cultivated strategic relationships with labor leaders, elected officials, management and the media. Duffy currently serves as a board member of FilmL.A., and has served on its executive board since 2009.
Duffy started his career in entertainment working for Chuck Fries Productions and EMI Television before becoming a Location Manager. During 28 years of location work, Duffy worked on such shows as “Dynasty,” “Moonlighting,” “Melrose Place,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “The OC.”
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A 30-plus year veteran of film, TV, and reality, John grew up in Hollywood where Elvis used to bounce him on his knee in his pre-school years. Being a Hollywood native opened up a number of doors for him, and he quickly got his career started while he was still at Hollywood High School, matriculating to the University of Redlands where he got his degree in Tech Theatre in 1982.
He began working in the Art Department, then as a production assistant in TV Commercials for Joe Pytka and Scott Miller.
He moved into Locations after the 1989 writers strike, doing low budget horror and action films. Since that time he became a teamster in 1996 and has worked for pretty much all the majors and indie folks.
As a union assistant, he worked on such shows as “Get Real,” “The Other Sister,” “The Mod Squad,” and “Roswell.” As a union Location Manager his credits include “The Majestic,” “Fear Factor” (2 COLA Nominations) and a host of reality shows for Mark Burnett, Shed Media and many others. His first COLA win was for MTV’s 70’s HOUSE in 2005.
A six-time COLA nominee, and two-time winner for Location Professional of the Year in TV, John’s most recent award was last year for his work on the SyFy Channel’s “Face Off.”
Mr. Grant also “day-lights” as a Theatrical Lighting Designer working primarily in Equity Waiver in 99-seat or less theaters around the NoHo Arts District.
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Tim was born and raised on Cape Cod and grew up with a lot of sand between his toes. He had a fantastic childhood in a small town and didn’t realize quite how good he had it until he left to see the outside world.
After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tim played with various bands around the country for about twelve years ending up in Chicago where he met Nadia, the beautiful woman who would, fortunately, for him, become his wife. He decided it was time for a real job, became a real estate broker and accidentally fell into the motion picture business as a location manager. The move to Los Angeles came soon after that and he’s been a location manager for the last 27 years.
After completing 30 feature films, it was time to try television and he continued his lucky streak with seven years on “CSI:NY.” Currently, Tim is the location manager on the newest show in the CSI family, “CSI Cyber.” He also recently returned to the music scene by forming a 9-piece mid-life crisis Chicago tribute band called the South Pasadena Transit Authority.
With two children, Camden Maxine and Benjamin, a dog named Ned and a cat named Blue, Tim is in a very good place in his life and just happy to be here.
Bill Macdonald received a Golden Globe and Writers Guild nomination for writing HBO’s epic series “Rome” which he conceived of and is co-creator with John Milius (“Apocalypse Now”) and Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”). Macdonald initiated the project, wrote the bible for both seasons of the series and oversaw writing of all the episodes. The DVD’s release in August of 2006 was one of 2006’s most successful television production releases. The movie “Rome” is expected to be filmed and released in 2014.
Macdonald is producing the series “The Flying Tigers” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Kurt Russell, Tom Berenger, Bill Paxton and John Rhys-Davies (Macdonald co-wrote the scripts and is directing one episode).
Macdonald re-acquired the rights to the “The Saint,” Leslie Charteris’ legendary swashbuckling rogue… with partners Geoffrey Moore, son of television’s first “Saint,” and Sir Roger Moore, for creation into a new international series. The pilot is being screened for broadcasters as of this writing.
Macdonald is adapting and developing several projects to be produced including: “Storyville” a drama set in turn of the century America’s most notorious red-light district for Amazon Studios; “The Woman Who Defied Kings,” based on Andree Aelion Brooks’ biography regarding the extraordinary life and times of Dona Gracia Nasi for the Sky family of channels; “Rage of Angels,” a sci fi series based on the Book of Revelation, starring Christopher Judge (“Stargate”) for Starz Channel; and “Archalien.tv,” a sci-fi series created by Macdonald, Ralph Hemecker (“Witchblade,” “Once Upon a Time”) and Stan Lee of “Spiderman,” “Iron Man” and “Avengers” fame.
Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a JD from Fordham Law School (Law Review) in New York City.
Marcus L. Morton is a feature motion picture producer and writer, with a proven track record of accomplishments in the fields of music, film and high tech. He began his entertainment career in the music industry, rising to Vice President, EMI Records Group, North America (a top label umbrella conglomerate at the time owning Capital, Virgin, and more), now part of Capital Music Group at Universal Music.
While he was still in the music business, Morton began to transition to the film industry as a Writer/Producer, selling his first screenplay to New Line Cinema. He sold seven screenplays to studios, and an eighth script, which he co-wrote with rapper and record producer DJ Pooh, titled “Don’t Get it Twisted,” has been optioned as a starring vehicle for Kevin Hart. As a Producer, Morton has developed many projects for stars ranging from Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube to Halle Barry (star of “Foxy Brown” for MGM), among others.
Morton has produced many successful feature films including “You Got Served” (Sony Screen Gems), which was shot completely in California and opened #1 at the U.S. box office.
Currently, Morton has started pre-production on the epic TV miniseries “Flying Tigers” with partner Bill Macdonald (HBO’s “Rome”).
He also just completed production on “Grow House” written and directed by DJ Pooh (Grand Theft Auto 5 or GTA V, FRIDAY). Financed by Rockstar Games, “Grow House” was shot totally in California.
Morton is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. He served as a Commissioner of the California Film Commission for two terms under Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger. He has been a judge for many years for the California On Location Awards.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Marcus splits his time between his home there and his home in Los Angeles. He holds both a Bachelors of Science in Management and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University.
Director of External Relations
Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP)
David Phelps currently serves as the Director of External Relations for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, a national association that represents commercial production companies in various media – film, video and internet – for advertisers and agencies. As a lead advocate for its advocacy program, Phelps works with its 360 member production companies and hundreds of vendors and suppliers nationally to ensure a friendly filming environment in federal, state and municipal jurisdictions. In December 2010, David played a critical role in authoring a city ordinance resulting in thousands of dollars in tax liability savings for hundreds of production companies who film motion pictures in the City of Los Angeles.
Phelps has over 14 years of government relations, political and policy-related experience. He joined the AICP after a successful stint as a campaign field organizer during the 2006 gubernatorial election. Previously, Phelps was Director of Government Relations for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, where he was responsible for, among other things, the business association’s advocacy efforts. He has served on the staff of several elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg.
In 2004, Phelps spearheaded efforts to forge a diverse coalition of businesses, labor unions, entertainment groups and neighborhood councils in calling for meaningful and comprehensive business tax reform. He brought together groups as diverse as SEIU Local 434B and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce to the Screen Actors Guild and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council in achieving an economic initiative ten years in the making, including incentives benefiting commercial production in Los Angeles. For his role in that effort and leadership in the business community, Phelps was named a “40 under 40” Top Business Professional in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2004.
A native of the San Fernando Valley, David received his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and completed his Masters coursework in Public Administration. An active member in several non-profit and business advocacy groups, David currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for FilmL.A. and is Chair of VICA’s Entertainment Committee.
Richard H. Prince is a successful Producer and Production Manager for feature films and television.
His credits include: “License to Wed,” “The Visiting,” “Saw,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Animal,” “The Replacements,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Angels in the Outfield,” “Rocketman,” “Gone fishin’,” “Richie Rich,” “The Distinguished Gentleman,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” “Only the Lonely,” “White Fang,” “The Bedroom Window,” “Personal Best” and the D.G.A. award-winning television film, “Murder in Mississippi.” He worked as an Assistant Director on “Risky Business,” “Uncommon Valor,” “My Bodyguard,” “The Stunt Man,” and “Heaven Can Wait.”
Richard is a graduate of the D.G.A. Trainee Program, and a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film/Television Production, and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA.
In a production design career spanning independent films, cable movies, commercials, big budget feature films and series television, Nina has had the pleasure of working with an immensely varied range of directors from Nicolas Roeg and Alan Rudolph, to John Wells, Mark Mylod, Jane Anderson, Shawn Levy, and Tony Scott.
In the last five years alone, she has enjoyed the challenge of repurposing California to stand in for Morocco, Maryland, Mexico, Massachusetts, and a diverse assortment of other non Californian locales.
Recently, she designed “A to Z,” a romantic comedy for NBC, that takes place in Los Angeles! On a daily basis for all five seasons of the ongoing, critically acclaimed series “Shameless” for Showtime/John Wells, Nina Ruscio proudly redesigns Los Angeles for Chicago.
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Veronique Vowell was born and raised in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, a 2nd generation migrant film worker. Her father is a freelance writer. She completed her education in Switzerland (her mother’s home country) where she attended the Universite de Lausanne.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, production beckoned. After working in documentaries for several years, including at National Geographic, Veronique decided to try her hand at scripted television. With luck and a little help she joined Teamsters Local 399 when she was hired as Location Assistant on her first movie of the week.
During her 26 years as a Location Manager, her work has taken her from Florida to Illinois and Iowa to Texas. She prefers, however, to work in California to be close to family and friends, her art studio and vegetable garden.
As Production Supervisor, Veronique’s feature films include “Gone Fishin’,” “Rocketman” and “Super Dave.”
Veronique is on the Board of FilmL.A., was a founding member of the LMGA and serves on the Steering Committee of Local 399.
Veronique has received two Location Professional of the Year – Television COLA Awards; the first in 2006 for “Cold Case” and the second in 2013 for “Scandal.”