Who is Catbird Scouts?

We’ve been around. Here, there and everywhere.

Cathryn Blum, founder of Catbird Scouts, is a legendary force in the photography, film, video and multimedia production industries. Based in Northern California, when it comes to finding that perfect spot for a single photograph, a series of locations to film a commercial, TV show, Hollywood blockbuster, or to help you locate the setting for a new start-up’s corporate web video or marketing launch, Catbird is the place to start. Count on us to be resourceful at researching options, and adept at procuring necessary permits, coordinating the logistics, while juggling the myriad moving pieces of schedules and budgets. Old school style with new school chops.

Professional Affiliations:

APA (American Photographic Artists) 
Reel Directory
Production Paradise
LMGA (Location Managers Guild of America)

What we do

We pull rabbits out of the proverbial hat and run with scissors. Managing, negotiating, and organizing schedules, logistics, personnel and budgets—often in deadline-driven situations. It's magic.


We've worked on projects big and small. Here’s an overview. Been there, done that! Transamerica_Skyline


Flexibility counts in the location scouting game. Projects are ever-changing, and being resourceful, knowledgeable and experienced is essential. Plus, having a dollop of good humor and enthusiasm on top never hurts, either.

Please click through the galleries to visit an assortment of locales we've encountered over the years in pursuit of the all-important “location, location, location!”

  • Cathryn really came through for us on our job. We needed a very tricky location that I thought would be difficult to find. Not only did she find it, she presented us with options. The location ended up being perfect and we got great footage. Cathryn’s personal touch really did the trick.

    - Jeff Vibes, Producer
  • I love working with Cathryn. She is a great team player who is skilled at finding custom locations. Cathryn has a great attitude and is able to really go with the flow and changes we face every job. I recommend you introduce your director to Cathryn and find out for yourself.

    - Cheryl Rosenthal, Producer
  • We had an 11th-hour change of plans and needed to find a new location instantly for a very important shoot. And in no time at all, Cathryn found us the perfect spot that was even better than the original one. It was a pleasure working with her.

    - Chris Barlow, Director

View From the Catbird Seat

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