Karen Stark of New England + NY. Location Manager + Scout. Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?
Scouting and discovering new, interesting places to film in
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
Locations used to be very much a “Boys Club”. I was one of the first women in MA to scout and manage locations. As a single mother, I opted to do commercials and industrials rather than the one or two large features that came into New England. When my son was out of the house, we had the first tax credit, and I did 5 or 6 back to back and decided it was to difficult with very long hours. Now after 30+ years, I can pick the projects I choose to do.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I am seeing more women in all departments across the board and am loving it!
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? (Such as going to see women directed movies, or pushing for an inclusion rider)
I would like to see an inclusion order of some type although I think that will be difficult. I support women in all departments and love seeing films, series, and commercials written and directed by women.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Really research everything you want to to do – talk to more experienced people if you can who can give you correct information and constructive criticism. Be exceptionally respectful of everyone and everything – crew, owners of locations and the locations you are in, equipment you are renting, etc.
What goals do you have for this year?
Too many to list!
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
So many! Kristin Lucas (Producer), DeMane Davis (Director), Cynthia Gengras (Producer), Mary Bosley (Producer), Agi Klaus (Set Design), Maryanne Janke (AC), Mellisa Cooperman (Set Dec)…..
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
A series for PBS coming in May about Critical Thinking, a project for an airline coming end of March so far!
How can your fans find you!? (Please add your social media & websites so we can tag you!)
IMDB – Karen Stark 1 – Location Management, Website under construction