Lack of Filming Notification and Night Sun In My Eyes

So I have mentioned before on my blog the lack of notification for filming in my building in Downtown LA. Both tonight and last night they’ve been filming something involving helicopters. One of the helicopters is the camera bird and the other is the subject and is flying around shining a Night Sun right into my loft’s windows. This is extremely annoying, but hey what can I do? It’s amazing what the movie industry gets away with, especially in Downtown. I guess they still don’t think anyone lives down here, or the more likely case is that they don’t care. I understand that Hollywood brings in a ton of money for the city, but who looks out for the citizens? And whatever happened to filming on a set?

In other, somewhat related news, I just watched all the episodes of Heroes so far, and it rocks, but am I the only one to notice that the entire thing is filmed in LA? I mean seriously, every time they’re in “New York” (other than the brief times square footage) it’s actually somewhere within a few blocks of my house.

8 Replies to “Lack of Filming Notification and Night Sun In My Eyes”

  1. eecue is right that they don’t care. I have been in regular communication with Film LA about this, and their attitude is, essentially, go to hell.

    The usual argument that they contribute so much to the ecpnomy is the big red herring, IMO, because almost ALL film companies are based in Culver City, Santa Monica, Burbank, etc. They pay few taxes to LA proper, and yet behave as if we need them. They are also responsible for excessive retail vacancies downtown, because they cause landlords to leave spaces empty in the hope of renting for filming (look at the Barclay& Gilmore’s Bank as examples).

    In addition, they severely impact my business and peace of mind
    (closing streets on the busiest day of the week, blowing things up at 1:30 am) all with either no notice or much too short notice, and usually rudely and with no compensation or communication.

    Filming companies are used to walking all over the poor people downtown, but now that there are more than just homeless to contend with, something will change. It’s just a matter of time now because the newer residents of downtown are well organized will be putting a stop to all of this very soon.

  2. I grew up next to a popular location as well – a former WWI/II fort in which shit was blowed up on a regular basis, usually at night, and seemingly only around finals. But I loved it. And I love that filming has returned to LA because – as eecue points out – I can sit around and go “hey, that’s X street in Ydistrictoflosangeles”. And Vancouver and Montreal just shouldn’t get to double for American cities. And they shouldn’t siphon off industry jobs.

    And yeah – I’ve noted the Heroes locations are all in Downtown or around LA (the bridge over which flying-dude gets chased and has his car accident is the Commodore Hiem on Terminal Island). Very cool. Maybe it’s only because I know the Downtown LA streets well enough – but they just don’t look “New York” to me when they spend so much time on them. Then again, I guess they do enough.

  3. “The usual argument that they contribute so much to the ecpnomy is the big red herring, IMO, because almost ALL film companies are based in Culver City, Santa Monica, Burbank, etc. They pay few taxes to LA proper, and yet behave as if we need them. They are also responsible for excessive retail vacancies downtown, because they cause landlords to leave spaces empty in the hope of renting for filming (look at the Barclay& Gilmore’s Bank as examples).”

    (COUGH) Bullshit (COUGH)

    Ever hear of payroll taxes? Where do you think the folks who get paid live? Plenty are in LA. Bitching about movie production while you live downtown is like bitching about the noise after buying a house on the edge of LAX. It’s a company town — get over it or move.

  4. “The usual argument that they contribute so much to the ecpnomy is the big red herring, IMO, because almost ALL film companies are based in Culver City, Santa Monica, Burbank, etc. They pay few taxes to LA proper, and yet behave as if we need them. They are also responsible for excessive retail vacancies downtown, because they cause landlords to leave spaces empty in the hope of renting for filming (look at the Barclay& Gilmore’s Bank as examples).”

    (COUGH) Bullshit (COUGH)

    Ever hear of payroll taxes? Where do you think the folks who get paid live? Plenty are in LA. Bitching about movie production while you live downtown is like bitching about the noise after buying a house on the edge of LAX. It’s a company town — deal with it.

  5. It’s a company town — get over it or move.

    What, is this 1970? “Coal mining OWNS this town. Now stop coughing and get back down in that shaft.” That’s an incredibly shallow understanding of Los Angeles’ complex economics, and that kind of self-absorbed worldview is all too common among industry people. In fact, you know what SoCal’s primary industry is? It’s aerospace, not film. I don’t see anybody saying that Lockheed-Martin should be allowed to shut down big chunks of the city without following the proper procedures. That’s the argument. We all need to live and work together, nobody gets a free pass to do as they wish without considering the other players.

  6. Ugh, am i the only one annoyed that Heroes fails so badly at trying to pass Downtown as New York? There’s something just so fake and unbelievable about it.

    Then again, don’t even get me started on their version of “Tokyo.”

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