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Record Year for Santa Clarita Film Office

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Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was another record year for the Santa Clarita Film Office.  The Film Office is proud to report more than 1,000 film days for the first time ever as well as an increase in the economic impact to the local community compared to the previous fiscal year.

  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12
  • Film Days up 18% – 1069 in FY 12/13 vs. 909 in FY 11/12
  • Economic Impact up 22% – $25.7 million in FY 12/13 vs. $21.1 million in FY 11/12
  • Permits down 1% – 368 in FY 12/13 vs. 372 in FY 11/12

Movie Ranches Annexed into City

With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation in April, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed Sable Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe into the City of Santa Clarita and the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ).  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres were dedicated movie ranch properties.  The City created the MOZ as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Benefits of filming at these movie ranch properties include reduced permit fees, expedited permit processing and no notification required!

Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch

The Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch project received unanimous approval from the L.A. County Planning Commission in June.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.  The project will bring soundstages and new production facilities to Golden Oak Ranch and will create thousands of new jobs and an enormous economic benefit throughout L.A. County and Santa Clarita.

 

( Golden Oak Ranch, Walt Disney Co. / May 22, 2012 )

A close-up view of the fortress built at the ranch for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Cameras are rolling at various locations throughout Santa Clarita each and every week.  Here are some of the productions that have recently been shooting around town and where they filmed.

Commercials:

  • Honda – Canyon Theater Guild, Main Street
  • Toyota – Sable Ranch, Happy Valley neighborhood, Veteran’s Historical Plaza
  • Verizon – College of the Canyons

Feature Films:

Music Videos:

  • Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” – Sand Canyon area home

Television Shows:


On Location: The Los Angeles video project. What is your LA?

 

The Santa Clarita Film Office is working with New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers. The Los Angeles Video Project is a multimedia program hosted by NFMLA that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers to act and serve as Ambassadors and share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods. Click through to NFMLA to learn more about how to submit your video and share, What is your LA?

Now Playing/Coming Soon

 

If you live or work in Santa Clarita, chances are you’ll see something familiar next time you go to a movie theater or turn on your TV.  Check out these movies and shows and see if you can spot the Santa Clarita locations!

List of Current Locally Based Shows

The Santa Clarita Film Office is pleased to welcome a new locally based show Chasing Life(formerly Terminales), a one-hour drama series being added to ABC Family’s roster of original programming. The series starts production in July and will premiere on ABC Family in early 2014.

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SANTA CLARITA ANNEXES FIRST THREE MOVIE RANCH PROPERTIES INTO MOVIE RANCH OVERLAY ZONE

The City of Santa Clarita welcomed its first three movie ranch properties into the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ), including: Sable Movie Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe. Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres are dedicated movie ranch properties.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – With the approval of the South Sand Canyon annexation on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the City of Santa Clarita welcomed its first three movie ranch properties into the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone (MOZ), including: Sable Movie Ranch, Rancho Maria and A Rancho Deluxe.  Of the 692 acres included in the annexation, 540 acres are dedicated movie ranch properties.

The City created the Movie Ranch Overlay Zone as a way to support existing production and film businesses while attracting new production and film companies.  Filming on these properties will benefit from reduced cost permits and expedited permit processing time.

“Filming is one of Santa Clarita’s top industries because it continues to employ thousands of residents and generates millions of dollars for our local businesses,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The Movie Ranch Overlay Zone is one more incentive to increase filming within Santa Clarita, thereby increasing the economic benefit to our community.”

Of the cities located in the 30-Mile Zone, Santa Clarita is the first to create this zoning designation.  The MOZ reinforces confidence in the pro-filming emphasis of the City, guaranteeing Santa Clarita’s commitment and stability to the film industry.  It also provides an incentive for film productions to relocate to Santa Clarita and creates additional film-related jobs.

Santa Clarita is one of the most filmed Southern California film communities in the 30-Mile Zone because of its film-friendly practices and policies, as well as its film infrastructure, which includes nearly 10 movie ranches in the area.

The City of Santa Clarita works to balance the needs of film production with those of its residents and businesses.  This includes implementing consistent and fair filming practices, which are the foundation of the City’s filming ordinance and the new Movie Ranch Overlay Zone.  The MOZ was approved by the City Council on November 8, 2011 and officially went into effect on December 8, 2011.

Saddle up for Santa Clarita’s 20th Annual Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Dust off those boots and kick up your heels for the 20th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Melody Ranch ™ Motion Pictures Studio.Recently awarded the “2013 Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West Magazine, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is the perfect Southern California destination to enjoy live Western music, poetry, entertainment, authentic Cowboy treats like the famous Dutch oven cobbler, activities for all ages, shopping and more.
“Each year the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors from all over the world. This one-of-a-kind event delivers a weekend full of show-stopping music and poetry, tasty treats, and Western attractions that visitors of all ages will enjoy,” commented Mayor Bob Kellar.crowd.pngMelody Ranch Motion Pictures Studios opens to the public during the Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita. Photo by John VincentTo celebrate 20 years of Cowboy fun, the Festival has brought back many beloved performers, including: Riders in the Sky, Baxter Black, Hot Club Cowtown, Sons of the San Joaquin, Don Edwards, The Saddle Cats, Ginny Mac and Sourdough Slim. Newcomers Kristyn Harris and The Haunted Windchimes will also appear in the 2013 lineup.

This year’s Festival will also feature a mix of attractions, including: panning for gold and leather working for children, trick ropers, the best in Western designer fashions, and living history exhibits. Additionally, guests will be able to walk the streets of the historic Melody Ranch ™ Motion Picture Studio, which has served as the backdrop for hundreds of films and television shows since 1915, including Quentin Tarantino’s academy award-winning film, Django Unchained.

A one day pass to the Cowboy Festival is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. Two day passes are available as well at $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. The City also offers a limited number of “Friends of the Festival” packages for $150.00, which includes preferred seating at the Melody Ranch Theater for all shows, VIP shuttle service to and from Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and all weekend access to the VIP Bunkhouse at the Ranch.

For more information on the 2013 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival including tickets, events times, and other partnering events, visit CowboyFestival.org or call the Box Office at (661) 250-3735.

Vampire Diaries panel coming to Paley Center for Media Arts

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Beverly Hills, Calif. -  The Paley Center for Media will present The Vampire Diaries panel on March 10, at 7 p.m. “I shot a hybrid in the back and chopped his head off with a meat cleaver. Typical Sunday, huh?” So says one of the denizens of Mystic Falls, and his assessment of just one of the increasingly unsettling supernatural events wreaking havoc in this small Virginia town in which The Vampire Diaries takes place is spot on. Now in its third season, Diaries continues the story of the Salvatore Brothers, feuding bloodsuckers both in love with Elena Gilbert, as each of them tries to put a stop to the most feared of vampires, Klaus, in his quest for unprecedented power. A key contributor to the current craze for love and intrigue among the walking dead, Diaries remains the CW’s most highly rated series.

March 10, 2012

The Vampire Diaries

Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:00 pm PT
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

In Person

Julie Plec, Executive Producer
Nina Dobrev, “Elena Gilbert”
Paul Wesley, “Stefan Salvatore”
Ian Somerhalder, “Damon Salvatore”
Candice Accola, “Caroline Forbes”
Matthew Davis, “Alaric Saltzman”
Moderator: Debra Birnbaum, TV Guide Magazine

Individual tickets on sale to Members January 13 at 9:00 am PT, on sale to General Public January 15 at 9:00 am PT on Ticketweb.com.

Orchestra Front:
General Public $75 / Members $60
Orchestra: $45 / $35
Orchestra Rear: $35 / $25
Mezzanine: $35 / $25
Balcony: $25 / $15

Please note: Events and panelists are subject to change.

http://www.cwtv.com/cw-video/the-vampire-diaries

 

For more info visit:

http://www.paleycenter.org/paleyfest2012-thevampirediaries

‘Bones’ panel discussion slated at Paley Center for Media

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Beverly Hills, Calif. -  The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, will present a panel discussion of Fox’s Bones – a procedural drama centering on an FBI agent and the forensics anthropologist who helps him solve cases, but the real science here is chemistry, as in the crackling interplay between these two characters, and the charismatic actors who portray them. Emily Deschanel is the brilliant-but-socially-inept Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan; David Boreanaz is Agent Seeley Booth. While Bones hews to convention with a compelling crime-based mystery every week, the attraction is the mystery of the human heart, particularly the emotional awakening of Brennan as she falls deeper and deeper in love with the intuitive, socially facile Booth. The combination has proved beguiling, as Bones is in the midst of season seven. The series was created by Hart Hanson, and inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist/author Kathy Reichs, who serves as producer.

Tickets go on sale to Paley Center Members on Feb. 1 at 9:00 am PT
On Sale to General Public on Feb. 3 at 9:00 am PT

March 8, 2012

Bones

Thursday, March 8, 2012
7:00 pm PT
Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

In Person

Panel to be announced.

 

HARRY’S FRIENDSHIPS TESTAMENT TO HIS APPEAL – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 OPENS NOV. 18 IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE

By Margie Anne Clark

The first installment of the two-part conclusion to the Harry Potter series finds the bespectacled wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) walking away from his last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to end Voldemort’s bid for immortality.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be releasing in the USA on 19th November, 2010. The $250 Million Dollar film will soon be followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to be released on 15th July, 2011. Photo/Warner Bros.
But with Harry’s beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort’s unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the world is more dangerous than ever. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be releasing in the USA on 19th November, 2010. The $250 Million Dollar film will soon be followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to be released on 15th July, 2011.
But what makes this spectacular franchise so unique and enduring? In the mind of this reporter, Harry Potter is the ultimate hero to an entire generation of young muggles who literally grew up with the precocious orphaned wizard.
His amazing powers and struggles against the dark powers of Lord Voldemort have become an adventure the whole world has become engaged in.
What makes Harry Potter so special and such a worldwide phenomena is the way in which J.K. Rowling has brilliantly mixed magic and fantasy with the everyday struggles and angst that youth of today must face.
The story of Harry Potter is modern, yet timeless by means of transforming ordinary circumstances into extraordinary adventures.
In his struggle against good and evil, Harry Potter must face the world – mortal or otherwise – in all of its gritty glory, juxtaposed against the wonders of magic.
All the while facing his destiny, and mortal dangers that come with it – with a little help from his friends. And therein lies the real magic and the heart of Harry’s enduring appeal. The friendships that he forges, no matter what the odds, will always win out. And of course, Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal the title character is the key to the young wizard’s popularity in the movie version of the Harry Potter series.

The modest British actor is endearing, possessing a young Paul McCartney-esque appeal with the charm and British wit to match. And like the timeless appeal of the Beatles, the character Radcliffe has created in film will no doubt stand the test of time and go on to enthrall generations of young muggles to come.

The Harry Potter films represent movie-making at its finest. The stories are gripping and engaging, and the superb special effects are brilliantly orchestrated to render a story that captivates its audience, even as it leaves us wanting more. Harry Potter is truly a Renaissance man, whose story will live on forever.

Margie Anne Clark is a Los Angeles based writer. She can be reached at margie@losangeleslifeandstyle.com