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?