June 14, 2012 |
TV dramas routinely confine actors to dank soundstages or a few square miles of exterior streetscapes, but "Missing" offers star Ashley Judd loads more room to roam. Filmed in France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Croatia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Austria, the ABC spy series traffics in the kind of international beauty shots commonly found in James Bond or Jason Bourne movies but rarely seen on the small screen. Judd, who plays Becca Winstone, an ex-CIA agent in search of her kidnapped son, savored the opportunity to soak up local culture in between takes.
April 21, 2010 |
Hollywood is making fewer movies, film producers are having a tougher time getting financing, and cash-strapped governments around the world are facing more pressure than ever to justify tax breaks given to the film industry. In such a climate, you might think the Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica last week would have been a ghost town. Hardly. The 25th annual event that ended Saturday drew 241 exhibitors from 30 countries and nearly 4,000 visitors, including producers, location scouts, vendors and bankers.
July 11, 2012 |
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank has reopened its gates to Hollywood for the first time in more than a decade, after prohibiting film shoots there since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The tragedy put the nation's entire air transportation system on high alert. In the weeks and months after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, security requirements put a heavy demand on the regional airport's staff. With safety the top priority, one of the restrictions that Burbank put into place at the time was a ban on all film production activity.
January 31, 1990 |
Mary Ann Otero's home is 97 years old, but it's the last seven years that have been the most exciting. The turn-of-the-century Victorian has been invaded by "Twilight Zone" parakeets, commandeered by weekend fishermen, overwhelmed by women with laundry bleach and overrun by starving sheep dogs. In short, thanks to the magic of Hollywood, Otero's house has become just about anything a commercial, TV or film director wants it to be. Since 1983, her family has played host to 29 film projects.
January 1, 2013 |
Griffith Park, Point Dume, the 6th Street Bridge near downtown L.A. and a former community hospital in Boyle Heights reputed to be haunted ranked among the most popular film locations in 2012, according to a new survey. Eight of the top 10 sites for shoots of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos on city and county streets are publicly owned, the annual survey conducted for the Los Angeles Times by FilmL.A. Inc. found. "We continue to see a considerable amount of filming that happens on government-owned properties or facilities, from beaches and parks, to public schools and libraries," said Phil Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., which handles film permits.
February 2, 2011 |
When producers of the ABC game show "Downfall" needed a building from which to hurl dishwashers, gumball machines and other "prizes," they settled on a warehouse on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. The six-story building on Terminal Street, near the corner of 7th and Alameda streets, was among the most popular on-location filming sites in the region in 2010, along with a long-closed hospital in Boyle Heights and a faux Route 66 pit stop on the edge of the Mojave Desert, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit group FilmL.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1986 |
Somewhere off Colombia, Robert W. Wheeler is diving for sunken Spanish treasure on a personally financed, three-month scuba expedition. Back home in Van Nuys, his two children attend private schools. There is a pool in his backyard and, until he sold it recently for lack of use, a 40-foot yacht in Marina del Rey. Not bad for a former Los Angeles police motorcycle officer with a herniated disk who had to retire in 1980 on an $800-a-month disability check.
February 22, 1987 |
The sign over the door read Willow Lane School, which thoroughly confused a woman who drove up a few days ago. She was looking for Mar Vista Elementary School, and she was sure this was it. She had never heard of Willow Lane School and couldn't imagine how it had materialized overnight in this Westside neighborhood. Perplexed, she drove around the building three or four times. Finally, she went inside. Sure enough, it was Mar Vista.
March 18, 1988 |
Pssst! Looking for unspoiled scenery, cheap extras and good local technicians for filming on location? It's still a word-of-mouth proposition, but some of the world's leading film makers are discovering Venezuela's steamy jungles, vast savanna and palm-studded beaches for shooting their exotic location shots. The South American country is being promoted as a cheaper and more accessible alternative to Brazil and a non-politicized substitute for South Africa.