February 13, 2013 |
Charles Bukowski, the hard-living poet, novelist and short-story writer who probed the cultural and social underbelly of Los Angeles, is getting the James Franco treatment. The prolific actor-director-writer-producer has started production on a movie titled "Bukowski," an adaptation of the boozy poet's semi-autobiographical novel "Ham on Rye," which is set in Depression-era L.A. The project is one of several low-budget movies contributing to a modest upswing in local feature film activity this year.
September 25, 2012 |
ABC's Emmy-winning hit series “Modern Family” is a point of pride in Los Angeles, where it stands among the growing crop of comedies filming locally in a region buffeted by production flight. Local drama production has fallen off dramatically due to the proliferation of film incentives offered outside of California. Notably, the other big winner from Sunday night's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, the Showtime series “Homeland,” is actually produced in North Carolina. But production in Los Angeles of television comedies has been on the rise, climbing nearly 30% to 718 production days January through June compared with the same period a year ago, according to FilmL.A.
November 18, 2012 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Below the spaghetti-works of Interstate 95, beside a canal where excursion boats are the only watercraft, I try to imagine a group of African American workers on the day after Union soldiers brought freedom to Richmond. They were repairing a bridge in the newly surrendered capital of the Confederacy when a tall, gangly man in a stovepipe hat approached from the James River. A few Marines surrounded him, but there was no fanfare. President Abraham Lincoln had just arrived by rowboat to see the city that had been his nemesis for four long years of the Civil War. Pandemonium erupted.
April 23, 2006 |
SURFACES and facades are important in "Big Love," HBO's tale of a polygamous family tucked into a pristine Salt Lake City suburb. So settling on a location to represent the surreally perfect manicured neighborhood in which the action takes place was a particularly sensitive task. "It was something of a major discussion between us and HBO between the pilot and the first episode," says co-creator Mark V. Olsen. "I thought it was too Southern California stucco. HBO thought it was too upscale.
March 16, 1989 |
If more local scenes seem to be showing up on television and movie screens lately, it's not an optical illusion. The San Fernando Valley's share of on-location filming has increased about 5% over the last five years, to about one-fifth of the work being done in the Los Angeles area today.
April 21, 2001
I know I'm not as "important" as Sean Penn but if it wasn't for me, Joseph Hanania wouldn't have had such a "sweet deal" ("Hey, Sean, Did You Enjoy Being Roomies or Was It All Just an Act?," April 14). The name is Fega, not Sega. And about that sweet deal, let me say a few things to dispel other apartment-dwellers or homeowners from thinking you can get paid exorbitant fees for allowing a film crew in your dwelling. As the location manager on the film "I Am Sam," it was my responsibility to find an apartment building that would satisfy our director's artistic vision, allow our director of photography to shoot it in a way that highlighted its unique qualities, and to assist our production designer in complementing his overall look of the film.