Where Oscar Movies Shot in L.A.
Los Angeles can be anyplace," says Paul Schreiber, location manager for J.J. Abrams' sci-fi hit Super 8, set in Ohio but shot partly in Southern California. "I've doubled it for Mexico and Morocco. If you're creative, you can double it for any location." And some filmmakers, like Beginners director Mike Mills and A Better Life director Chris Weitz, set out to make L.A. look like itself, only in a new light. "The city has plenty to discover," says Beginners and The Muppets location manager Christopher Miller. Filming in locations around Los Angeles was up 5.7 percent in 2011 over 2010, according to FilmL.A. communications director Philip Sokoloski. Overall on-location production, including TV, was up 4.2 percent in 2011. "L.A. remains the world's most filmed metropolitan area. We had 5,682 days of filming last year," says Sokoloski. Transformers: Dark of the Moon production manager J.J. Hook thinks the trend could continue: "I hope so. Because I don't want to spend the rest of my life living out of a suitcase."