Past Client Testamonials

Gregory Alpert, Location Manager

“ Whenever I think I might be filming in Santa Barbara, the very first thing I do is place a call to Santa Barbara Location Services. That one call puts everything into motion. ”


Michael Jackson, Producer

“ I have been producing still photo shoots for more than 27 years all over the world. When I’m in California I try and keep my projects in the Santa Barbara area because all I have to do is make one call to Santa Barbara Location Services. Ronnie and her team make ‘Magic Happen’. They are a one-stop full location service (crew, catering, locations permits, hotels, wonderful restaurants, sun & tide charts) you name it. They can make it happen. I will not use any one else. ”


Kristen Bowman, VP of Photography & Video Production, Ralph Lauren

“ You have always provided us with great location resources. We have always had a good, professional, productive working relationship with you and have every intention of continuing that. ”


Louis De Fontanes, Producer/Location Manager

“ I cannot thank Ronnie Mellen and her Team at SBLS enough for not only finding us an astounding location for our ‘GE Childlike Imagination’ TV Commercial, but their follow up with our demanding schedule and for providing us with first hand support throughout the shoot. Ronnie’s understanding of production and attention to details were needed to expedite this very complicated project. I never write a letter like this because this is what a location service is supposed to do. For this particular project and others I have worked on with them, in the past 15 or so years, SBLS went above and beyond to provide us with a spectacular, unique and very enjoyable shoot. ”


Michael Towbes, Chairman/Owner of the Towbes Group, INC.

“ I want to thank you for your services in connection of the filming of Tammy at our Inn at Wilmington, North Carolina. You did an incredible job for us in working out the arrangements for the shoot and almost tripled the amount the film company was going to pay to us. I know we couldn’t have accomplished everything without you. ”


Geoff Juckes, Location Manager/Scout

“ Since I first worked with Ronnie on a Mercedes campaign in 1983, Ronnie has always been my first call when scouting Santa Barbara County. ”


Art Streiber, Vanity Fair

“Many thanks again for making this shoot a reality. It was an amazing experience – but the really unbelievable piece of the puzzle was finding that perfect location and you did it.”


Michael Douglas, Actor/Producer

“Ronnie is a woman of good character and intelligence… I have personally known her for approximately 20 years as a pre-production coordinator… Her location services combined with her love of film and television make her an excellent SB ambassador.”


Marcia Mossack, Vogue

“ The locations were wonderful. It was a pleasure to work with you!”


Fiona Remley, Nordstrom

“ Your work surpassed all my expectations … you went WAY beyond the call of duty. A good locations scout can make a difficult job a great deal easier, and you did just that.”


Mandy Siu, W H I T E L A B E L

"You and Missy were super helpful and I know that we are always looking for opportunities to come up to SB so hopefully we will have another one coming up very soon."


Dan Bodin, LA411

"Thank you for all your help. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your time and input. Our 2006 edition of LA411 is that much better because of it."


Emilia Mesh Rizzuto, Producer, Soft Surroundings

“Thanks for making this work! You guys are great to work with and I look forward to another shoot together.”


Joby Ochsner, Tool of North America

“Thank you for making our Lexus shoot such a pleasurable experience. It was not easy, but with your help, it appeared seamless to our clients and crew. Your flexibility regarding last minute changes and additions (and you know what I am talking about) is remarkable. You seem to be able to pull rabbits, one after another, out of your hat. In addition to being great at location scouting and managing, your other services are exceptional. You were a great help with hotels, restaurants, and shopping. Truly a full service company. I look forward to working with you again soon.”


Maria Lindberg, Production Manager, Gant

“[We] photographed … in and around Santa Barbara for 3 weeks… Santa Barbara locations [was] pivotal in the smoothness and success of the shoot,… [They were] incredibly professional, knowledgable, and helpful in every way. [The locations] were of top quality,… [the] permits went smoothly, [and] all recommendations regarding props, local talent, motorhomes, restaurants etc… I highly recommend Ronnie and her great production team as one of the top producers I have ever worked with. On top of it, they do it with a smile.”


Trey Hoffmann, Creative Director, Neiman Marcus Direct

“ … thank you for all you did to make the Neiman Marcus photo shoot go so smoothly last fall. Your knowledge of the area, your ability to get us into a fabulous location, and all the arrangements you handled made it easy for us to concentrate on art directing. … Thank you so much for all you did to help us get such great results.”


Allison L. Wood, Hearst Publication

“… We will definitely keep you in mind for future shoots … And thank you so very much for being so helpful and efficient!!!! I’ve passed you on to my friends at Bazaar and Marie Claire!”


Willy Adams, Willy Adams Productions

“Thank you so much for the Photo Gallery of locations. The locations are beautiful and exactly matched my description. I forwarded the Gallery to the Art Director. He loved what you sent... I am glad I made contact with you. I have more reason to submit Santa Barbara as a location for other clients.”


Paul Schreiber, Location Manager, "Dukes of Hazzard

“I enjoyed working together. You certainly seem to have expertise in your area. Thanks for your help and support.”


Caroline Batiste, InStyle Magazine

“I really appreciate all your efforts and look forward to working with you in the future.”


Jill Naumann, for the Ned Shapiro Location Department

“I thank you for the superior and excellent service you provide … combined with superb knowledge of the area … and the wonderful rapport you have with home-owners. If every vendor I had to deal with on a daily basis had half of your energy & professional expertise, my entire life would be easier! Thank you and thank you again,”


Frawley Becker, Harpo Productions

“ … most professional and helpful to me on other films as well -- notably Pelican Brief and Jerry Maguire … your services are most heartily recommended.”


Leslie Fallon, Lord & Taylor

“You were very instrumental in the success of this book … you worked with me every step of the way. I appreciate the fact that you also helped keep my budget down … the CEO raved …”


Jeff Flach, Oliver Stone's "Nixon"

“We walked into a situation where everything was taken care of. I wish all locations were that easy. You and your staff did far more than expected. I receive nothing but thanks from the various departments who also made use of your services.”


Natasha Sizlo, Director's Coordinator, Palmar Pictures

“The whole commercial department was quite impressed with the location files you forwarded … It was a pleasure working with you and I will refer you to my colleagues.”


Gino Sullivan, Location Manager, PMC Pictures

“ In over fourteen years working as a location manager, no one's creative energy and dedication has impressed me more than yours. You have gone the extra mile to make me look like a complete genius … with the ability to perform under absurd time deadlines imposed by most of our Japanese clients … Your talents are unique and priceless. I value our friendship and look forward to having many more successful projects completed with your help.”


Bev Schofield, Creative Director, Soft Surroundings

“ Thank you for all of your hard work, it will not be forgotten.”


Patty Kent, Rick Levine Production

“ I truly want to thank you for all your hard work and earnest effort for our Pepsi commercial … Though the sheer scope of the job, you remained calm and courteous with optimistic enthusiasm that did not go unappreciated … Santa Barbara is very fortunate to have you as an excellent asset.”


Susan Beth Smith, Wild Eye Pictures

“ …we asked if you could [make it happen] in a day; you said "no problem" -- and it wasn't. Thanks for your wonderful dedication and spirit.”


Bill Henderson, Vamos Studios INC.

“ Your [location] files were excellent and when our client requested additional coverage, you produced folders that were on time and professional … just another example of how SBLS has gone the "extra mile" for Vamos Studios throughout the many years we have worked together.”

Laura Miller, Anonymous Content

"Thanks again for all of your help. I will definately recommend you to my colleagues shooting in the central coast area."