It was a hot day in the mountains near Los Angeles, and Ilt Jones was in trouble. He had slipped down a steep ledge. After a painful tumble, he had come to a stop just short of a 500-foot cliff. Had he rolled a few more feet, he would be dead.
What was Jones doing wandering around in the mountains by himself in the first place?
Jones is a location manager. When a movie or a TV show films a scene outside of a studio, it’s called shooting “on location.” Location managers are the people who “scout,” or find, those locations—which often means exploring remote and dangerous places. On that day in the mountains, Jones was looking for places to film a show called Live Shot. Fortunately, he sustained only minor injuries (though he had to be rescued by helicopter), but that was not the last of his adventures. While location scouting, Jones has also been thrown in jail, come face-to-face with a rhino, and floated down a snake-infested river in the jungle.