Last spring, John Polcyn began spending $300,000 to make his 720-acre ranch west of Acton a suitable replacement for Indian Dunes, the popular location where TV and movie projects such as "China Beach," "Call to Glory" and "The Color Purple" were filmed. Last winter, Indian Dunes, owned by the Newhall Land & Farming Co., was converted to farmland.
"It's been better than I ever expected," said Polcyn, owner of Polsa Rosa Ranch. "We've been pretty busy."
Among the projects that have filmed at his property are some episodes of the NBC-TV series "Quantum Leap" and part of a scene in Michael Jackson's controversial new "Black or White" video. Reed Shane, the video's line producer, said about 20 seconds of the video was shot at the Polsa Rosa during one day of filming. The footage shows lions against a backdrop of mountains.