Posts Tagged ‘filmmaking’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 9 October 2014

Fashion to Come in Beverly Hills

Private Tour Stops to See New Fashions

Fashion shoot on a Beverly Hills residential streetWhen a film company or major advertising company arranges to work on a Los Angeles street there are policemen, sawhorses, cones and lots of big trucks and milling craftspeople.  And then there are the guerrilla shoots.  These are generally film and art school students or aspiring young directors stealing shots for their films and portfolios.  While not discouraged by the cities there is some administrative bureaucracy the photographers and filmmakers must endure to get their permits so…they…don’t.  They take their guilty-looking crews out and quickly set up and photograph their subjects or run their scenes.  Our guides see this often and entertain our private Los Angeles tour guests with anecdotes from their own glorious film pasts.  Rodeo Drive fashion shoot preparing to set upThese two photos (click for larger images) were captured on recent tours in Beverly Hills.  One is on a palm-lined residential boulevard and the other on Rodeo Drive in the Golden Triangle, a retail and business district in Beverly Hills where fashion reigns.  Could these be new fashions we can expect in the coming year?  We here at Elite Adventure Tours certainly appreciate the Afghan or Borzoi and would love to have a tour with a family bringing one of those fine dogs along.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 6 August 2014

Aliens Welcome on Hollywood Boulevard

Filming an alien on Hollywood Boulevard

Our Private Tour Guests Treated

to Special Hollywood Visitation

Just another day along Hollywood Boulevard and we get to point out to our private Los Angeles tour guests this lovely fellow ambling along the street in front of the Jimmy Kimmel studio.  Like most film and photo shoots there is no announcement or signage identifying the activity (or the creature in this case).  We always have to find a bored policeman or overactive PA (production assistant) to get the details and hope our information is correct.  This turns out to be a film segment intended for Comic-Con in San Diego.  We could not determine where the creature originated (not which planet, which studio).  If you have more information feel free to share it with us on our Facebook page (or Tumblr, Pinterest or Google+).

Giant animatronic creature and its driver being filmed on Hollywood Boulevard

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 19 June 2014

Up and Coming Stars?

Everyone is a filmmaker in Los Angeles

Sharp-eyed Los Angeles Tour Guests Spot Young Filmmakers

Ordinarily it is quite easy to spot a film crew on location with all their trucks and film vehicles and police chaperones.  Film production is generally a big production around Los Angeles and always exciting for the locals (they complain but really do enjoy the attention) and especially for visitors to Los Angeles.  As it turns out, location “shoots” range in all sizes from the huge major Hollywood studios with their 18-wheelers, dressing room trailers, costume and office production vehicles, to smaller independent shoots with only a handful of panel trucks all the way down to film students who pack equipment, actors and costumes into a single Japanese coupe and then in true guerrilla film fashion “steal” their shots without benefit of permits or notifications to neighbors.  These little shoots are more difficult to notice.  On a recent private Hollywood tour we saw this young film crew out on Hollywood Boulevard paying homage to the Little Tramp.  Los Angeles is still a filmmaking capital in a way today that would put a smile on Charlie Chaplin‘s face.

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