For anyone who wondered just what was being filmed last week on the corner of Avenue 56 and North Figueroa
It was a new TV series for TNT ....
The Figueroa Street Business District could become a "Living Backlot" ® Read Robert Mendel's proposal. Mendel proposes that creating a an organized, film-friendly corridor along North Figueroa would stimulate tourism to the area, create business for the local shop owners, and begin generating funds necessary to restore the building facades along the corridor.
A long time resident of NELA (Northeast LA) and a highly regarded Location Manager, Robert Mendel once called the streets of Northeast Los Angeles a "living backlot®". Here's a link to Robert's original "Living Backlot®" proposal.
(In the lingo of the film industry, a backlot is an area behind or adjoining a movie studio with space to build or with permanent exterior sets for outdoor scenes in motion picture and/or television productions.)
Northeast Los Angeles is located only minutes from the media centers of Hollywood, Burbank and Downtown Los Angeles; its wealth of historic architecture, its terrain of hillsides, valleys and sycamore groves, and its eclectic and diverse atmosphere make it a go-to location for film shoots.
The old Security Trust and Savings Bank building on the corner of North Figueroa and Avenue 56 in Highland Park, declared as Los Angeles Historic - Cultural Monument #575 in 1993, is a popular filming location.
This week, Leverage Productions is hard at work:
The required neighborhood notifications for the current project state:
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY:
WILL BE FILMING:
5601 N. Figueroa St
FILM DATES & HOURS: 7/14/08 - 7/16/08 & 7/21/08 - 7/22/08, 5:00 A.M.
- 10:00 P.M.; 7/17/08 - 7/18/08, 5:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
DESCRIPTION OF SCENE:
INTERIOR ½ LOAD SINGLE SHOT GUNFIRE 7:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. ***PENDING
COMMUNITY SURVEY*** Occasional traffic and pedestrian control.
Atmospheric smoke effects. Brandishing weapons. Driving scenes.
Equipment on sidewalk and in curb lane across the street. Interior
and exterior dialogue. Wetting of the streets. Hostage scene. 1
condor, 1 crane, & 1 generator.
*7/14 - 7/18 & 7/21- 7/22, No Parking Anytime Both sides of Ave 56
from Figueroa St - Marmion WY. Crew parking at City Lots 635 - 636 on
7/12 - 7/13 & 635 on 7/14 - 7/18. Trucks parked over night.
*7/14 - 7/18 & 7/21 - 7/22, 6:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Full closure of
Ave 56 from Figueroa St - Marmion Wy.
PRODUCTION COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE:
office 323- 928-7000
mobile 310- 702- 6441
Although the street closures can be an inconvenience, the locals love to come out and watch the Hollywood mavens at work.
Some of our clients occasionally make their properties available for filming. If you are scouting for film locations in the Northeast Los Angeles area, please don't hesitate give us a call!