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.
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1993 |
Vietnam, late 1960s. A pretty blonde American has just arrived at the Saigon Airport to investigate her husband's death amid the turmoil and misery of that war-torn country. A frenzied crowd shuffles her out of the terminal and into a bustling street, where noisy Army jeeps and men and women on bicycles stream past. She looks confused. A cabdriver rushes to her side and escorts her to a waiting cab. They drive away. Suddenly, a voice shouts "Cut!"
June 16, 2012 |
Film commissioners from Indonesia to Uruguay to New Orleans converged on the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday for the 27th annual Locations Show. About 500 exhibitors from 40 countries are attending the two-day event, which is expected to draw 2,500 film industry executives, producers and location scouts eager to find the latest information about where to shoot their projects and what kind of incentives they can fetch. Hosted by the Assn. of Film Commissioners International, this year's event marks the trade group's inaugural offering of speakers and panels on production trends, tax credits, film financing and other topics.