Second Quarter a Surprise for Scripted Series in L.A.

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As announced by FilmL.A. in mid-July, on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles slipped 1.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015 to 9,396 Shoot Days (SD).  Despite the quarterly slip, FilmL.A.’s second quarter report revealed welcome growth in local scripted television production. TV Drama production rose 12.3 percent (to 1,004 SD) in the second quarter of 2015 over the same … Read More

Before Brand Library: Glendale’s El Miradero and its Use in Early Films

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Article written by Mary Mallory Unique thematic architectural homes stand out all around the Los Angeles area, like Yamashiro and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barnsdall, Freeman, and Storer residences, just to name a few. Many such homes have their own filmographies. Glendale possesses another exotic specimen, Leslie C. Brand’s mystical El Miradero, which is now known as the Brand Library. Built … Read More

The “Modern Writers” Behind L.A.’s Modern Family

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This week, the hit television show Modern Family won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the third consecutive year.  Since it first premiered three years ago, Modern Family has garnered a total of 12 Emmys for categories that include acting, directing and — perhaps most importantly — for writing.  Without a doubt, Modern Family is firing on all … Read More

Pasadena in Film at Busch Gardens and Hogan’s Aristocratic Dream

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Article written by Mary Mallory Filmmakers have always loved shooting around the Los Angeles area because so many diverse locations offer tantalizing story possibilities at a fraction of the cost of traveling around the United States or out of the country to film. One of the most popular places employed for location shooting by early filmmaking companies was Pasadena, California. … Read More

Altadena Nonprofit Raises Almost $10,000 from Film & TV Production, Donates Money Locally

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The entertainment industry touches the lives of everyone living in the Greater Los Angeles Region.  Many of us work in the industry ourselves, or are close to one or more people who do.  Others of us — who may not consider ourselves to be “in the business” — nonetheless work for companies that the industry financially supports.  For many Angelenos, … Read More

Star Waggons: A Star for the Local Economy

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If Star Waggons’ Jason Waggoner had his way, celebrities would say “I’ll be in my Star Waggon” instead of, “I’ll be in my trailer.”  Started by Jason’s father, Lyle Waggoner, in the early 1980s, Star Waggons is a local manufacturing and equipment rental powerhouse with an impressive fleet of over 800 custom-built film trailers.  That’s right, the bulk of the … Read More

The Sleuths at the Floral Parade

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Article written by Mary Mallory The Tournament of Roses Parade is going on its 122th year, and grows more elaborate and beautiful every year.  Bands, floats, cars, horses, and even celebrities take part in this festive annual event.  This year, Paramount Pictures is even entering a float celebrating its 100th anniversary, honoring “Titanic” and “Wings”, the first feature film awarded … Read More

Guest Post: Cinema Is Los Angeles, And it Needs to Stay that Way

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(Ed. — Below is a post by guest blogger S. Carson, who responded to Film Works’ open invitation for guest posts.  Anyone interested in contributing as a guest blogger should email us at info@filmla.com) Walking up the dimly lit stairs, I bounded to the top and settled myself directly in the middle chair. I always arrived early to make sure … Read More

Hollywood Heights – Studio City Nightlife

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(Editor’s note: Film Works is pleased to announce our first guest blogger, Mary Mallory.  Mary works for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Mirror blog, which examines the history of Los Angeles.  Mary’s articles focus on the history of certain locations throughout greater Los Angeles that have strong ties to … Read More