Joss Putting His Foot Down…

Via The L.A. Times:

Joss Whedon wasn’t looking to make a political statement. He just wanted to make a movie. In Los Angeles. Because he lives in Los Angeles.

But by filming his sci-fi feature film debut, “Serenity,” in town, he found himself something of a local hero, one of a growing number of people who are fighting to keep Hollywood in Hollywood. Essentially it required deconstructing every part of the process ó casting, crew, locations, lighting, wardrobe, props, production design, technology, special effects ó to find efficiencies that would make a $39-million movie look and feel like $100 million. …

Whedon, who has spent much of his career shooting television in L.A. (one episode of “Buffy” was shot in England when the plot shifted the storyline there), hadn’t given the issue of runaway production much thought until he found himself suddenly being congratulated for taking a stand.

“There were no groupies,” he says, “which was disappointing. But I did hear from a lot of people. I realized that we are in a state of crisis and that this is something people feel very passionately about.”

The fact that Hollywood is known as the moviemaking capital of the world, yet much of the actual “making” is taking place out of the city, let alone state, or even country, is rather ironic, don’t you think?

6 thoughts on “Joss Putting His Foot Down…”

  1. Well, your co-posters here were just rejoicing when a show set and shot in Silverlake was cancelled.

  2. A clarification: I was rejoicing when a CRAPPY show LAMELY set and shot in Silver Lake was cancelled.

  3. Quality aside, it’s still local work. I mean,you work at one of the world’s lousiest zoos, and yet no one is calling for your head.

  4. Boy, Rachel Cohen makes an appearance long enough to try to bum everybody out. That’s sure a surprise.

    Do you have a psych med-check appointment coming up? Maybe you can ask about upping the dosage.

  5. the runaway-production phenom got more attention pre-9/11 when so much of formerly-LA business fled to vancouver, montreal, etc. 9/11 kept a lot of production home because of immeidately reduced air travel and subsequent security impedements to the free flow of cast, crew, and equipment.

    before and after 9/11, however, the state government was/has been/is looking at ways of making LA and Cali generally more attractive to production again. taxes and various regulations drove it away.

    relatedly – in a post after this one on the site, a commenter said he was never effected by any state government or leadership. if all of movie/tv production pulled out of california, it was WAY ruin the LA economy and the ripple effet would hammer everyone.

    of course state government matters.

  6. Hey “Rachel,” you certainly put the “mental” in detrimental. But I’ll take your bait if you want to go off topic and make things personal (again). The Zoo’s a cheap and easy target (very much like you), but you’re right: I’m not. No one’s out for my head because I work hard and love the L.A. Zoo for the great place that it is and the even greater place it has the potential to become.

    Everyone here on the other hand calls for your rotten crown on a platter because your online persona (yes, I’m straining to give you the benefit of doubting you’re like this in real life) is nothing but the zerosum of your contrived, hate-filled, cowardly snipes from the shadows of a pathetic insignificance.

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