About us

The Lobster Team

Our vision for Lobster Locations is to create a fabulous, world-class Locations Agency, showcasing the Isle of Wight and all of its potential. We truly believe this is a marvellous opportunity for the Island. Being on film becomes part of a place’s cultural history. It also brings in revenue on numerous levels for local industries – from hotels and restaurants, painters, drivers, extras, retail and so much more. Lobster is committed to using Island businesses wherever possible. As Island residents, we are committed to investing in local people and projects. This includes giving a percentage of our profits to the WightAID Foundation, which supports charitable projects on the Isle of Wight.

We absolutely love our job. It takes us all over the Island, meeting the most interesting people, visiting the most incredible properties. Because the Island is relatively small, we are able to offer a very personal and exclusive service, getting to know all of our owners and properties in depth. We have miles of sandy beaches, hidden coves, chalk cliffs, beautiful river estuaries, and many places where you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. The Island has everything from ancient castles, stately homes, Napoleonic forts, magnificent Victorian homes to modern houses and beach huts. There are also shooting ranges, farms, warehouses, vintage and gypsy caravans, derelict cottages, offices and so much more – and all within a short travel time of each other. To top that off, the Island is also one of the sunniest places in England, and often the warmest.

There is a really strong creative movement here on the Island, and Lobster is all about bringing people and talent together. In line with this, our Creatives Pod show-cases the amazing people and companies we have met so far on our journey. One of the things about living on a small island is that everyone knows everyone, and our antenna are always checking for new opportunities!

 

Lisa

My background encompasses over 25 years experience on all sides of the film location industry. After leaving school, I started out on-set as a Location Assistant on a BBC drama. This led me to working for one of London’s leading location agencies where I managed commercial and industrial buildings all over London, providing locations for everything from photo shoots, music videos, TV commercials and dramas, to feature films. I also have experience as a location property owner. For 15 years we hired out our own home as a location for numerous shoots for clients including Mars, Next, Disney, Sky, QVC, Coca Cola, Dove, Heathrow, and Amazon to name but a few. Great additional income!

Even though I had been an agent and knew the ropes, I always used an external agent for our own home. Agents play a number of important roles in the production process. First and foremost, we bring the work in and are continuously building our relationships with the industry. We negotiate fees, look after all the legal aspects of the filming, and are there to support property owners throughout the production. This means, in the unlikely event there is a problem, we are on your side and ready to deal with it.

Before relocating to the Isle of Wight permanently, I was a frequent visitor and recognised the huge potential of the Island’s many film and photographic locations. Everywhere you go, there are places that are easy to visualise being on film, or in the pages of a magazine. On top of this, the positivity and enthusiasm of the local land and property owners makes working on the Island a joy. One of my great interests is people – from meeting new contacts to bringing like-minded souls together, I’m fascinated by what makes people who they are and their stories. If I wasn’t a film location agent I would quite fancy being a private detective!

Wish you were here! Lisa x

Rowan

In addition to being a supa dupa commercial lawyer and all things legal, is Lobster Locations other agent. Rowan has been with Lobster from the start of the first conversations. I like to think of Rowan as the other claw as without her I’d be going round in circles! On top of the legal expertise Rowan brings everything else needed to be an excellent agent, a fabulous eye, high standards, a love of interiors, great people skills and sound judgement. We make a great team and have a lot of fun working together.

Shirley

Lobster Logistics – For many years Shirley ran a hugely successful and award winning coach travel firm on the Island. We are thrilled to have the absolutely fabulous Shirley on board to help productions with all things transport, from ferry bookings to coaches, taxis and even helicopters (we have access to a few helipads). Shirley’s knowledge of the Island, her contacts and transport logistics are unparalleled. Shirely can even drive a bus herself – in heels!

Mel

Lobster Liaison & Representation. Mel is our go-to woman for all things talent related and any additional services you may need. Whether you’re looking to cast a local actor, musician, model, sailing expert, kite surfer, skater, world class DJ, decorator, seamstress, a celebrant or you need someone discreet to greet and escort an A-lister to their secluded accommodation arranged by Lobster, Mel can do it all. Her impeccable organisational skills come with her experience as a lawyer who has worked in the entertainment industry, among others. Wanderlust saw her transfer overseas from a London City law firm, before finally settling with her family on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Having lived as an expat for many years, connecting with people and establishing a community is second nature to Mel. She is excited to use her expertise and experience to facilitate relationships between those looking to pursue creative projects on the Island and the local community’s creative talent.

"The crew have found the Isle of Wight a really pleasant place to work and I doubt that they've missed sitting in traffic jams on the M25...!"

Bill Twiston-Davies
Supervising Location Manager, "The Beast Must Die"

"I would wholeheartedly recommend Lobster Locations to any visiting Location Manager. Lisa has treated us with speed, friendliness and fairness throughout and she pulled several locations out of the hat for us. Her location owners clearly trust her and she knows a lot about the island as a whole. She's been a true ally and she makes me hope that I'll be back to film on the Isle of Wight again soon."

Bill Twiston-Davies
Supervising Location Manager, "The Beast Must Die"

"Filming on the Isle of Wight was a wonderful experience, from location owners to the IOW Council everyone was very friendly and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend the island as a filming location”

Stephen Parker
Location Manager "The Beast Must Die”

“Working with Lisa from Lobster Locations was a pleasure, she was always available and helpful, no issue was too small to receive her undivided attention. Lobster Locations are highly recommended as your first stop for filming locations on the Isle of Wight”

Stephen Parker
Location Manager "The Beast Must Die”

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