Filming in Montrose

M ontrose and the surrounding community seems to be experiencing a resurgence in popularity as a location for shooting scenes for movies, television shows and commercials. Last week, HBO’s “True Blood” filmed in Montrose where spectators could see a vampire crash through the front window of a salon. This week, the crew of NBC’s “Awake” took over part of Honolulu Avenue to film a car crash and fire hydrant exploding. In the coming weeks, expect more filming in other locations across Crescenta Valley and Glendale as this is a very popular place for film crews.

A representative from the filming coordination office of Glendale (who oversees Crescenta Valley) commented on the appeal of the city and all the other areas in its jurisdiction.

“I think that [film crews] like Glendale. It has a great draw. Glendale has a little bit of everything. It offers different looks, it offers different types of buildings, locations. It isn’t just palm trees – you can get pine trees, you can get different looks. You can be in Anytown, Anywhere, U.S.A.”

This year, though just the beginning of February, has seen several shoots in the Glendale and Crescenta Valley areas, including for “True Blood,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Criminal Minds,” as well as some commercials and student films.

As of Feb. 1, the overall number of productions is matching the rate of 2011, meaning there are as many shoots in the area this January as there were last January. In total, 2011 saw 234 productions film in the Glendale jurisdiction. The previous year saw even more, at 291 total productions.

With location filming down across Los Angeles as a whole, Glendale has sustained its numbers fairly well.

“We are small, but mighty,” said the representative.

Some of last year’s titles included “The Muppets,” “Seriously Funny Kids,” “CSI,” “Glee,” “Carnal Innocence,” “Grace,” “Celebrity Rehab,” “Chuck,” “The Mentalist,” “God Bless America,” “The Ballerino,” “Sons of Anarchy” (which shoots in the area fairly often), “Desperate Housewives,” “Mobbed with Howie Mandel” and “Parks and Recreation.”

“Moneyball,” “The Artist,” “The Ugly Truth,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Bad Teacher,” “The Details” and “The Lovelace” were all features shot in the area in 2010 and 2011, showing just how long it takes to get a feature picture from set to screen, as many of these movies were released in the last few months.

Filming Guidelines

Read the MSPA Film Guidelines Prior to setting dates and contacting the Film Liaison.
All dates and scope of work are subject to approval by the Film Liaison on behalf of the MSPA.

A minimum of a 2-week notification for a “Request to Film” must be submitted in writing,
via email and must include:
-date, time & location of film request
-scope of the shoot
-need for interior & or interior
-size of the cast & crew
All filming, including interior shooting, are subject to the approval of the
Montrose Shopping Park Association via direct communication with Film Liaison.

For more information regarding filming in Montrose contact:

Steve Pierce, Montrose Film Liaison
Call: (818) 259-5195
email: [email protected]


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