October 11, 2004

They Shoot Houses, Don't They?

My mother's house was recently scouted as a location for this season of The WB's Everwood. She didn't want all those people stomping across her limestone, so she turned them down.

But according to the LA Times, some homeowners say yes, again and again. Says one location manager who has booked Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22 for many films, "You can shoot a McMansion anytime you want, and no one will remember it. It just satisfies my creative juices to get great architecture into movies."

Using the same houses for every movie? Sounds about as creative as casting Negroes as servants. But that's L.A., always trying to shoot around the palm trees.

Best House in A Leading Role [LAT, via Towleroad]
Related: Wes Anderson's Dream House [NYO]
The owner of the New Jersey McMansion used as a set for The Sopranos claims 250 replicas have already been built using his $699 Soprano Home Design blueprints [NYT 08/2002, via City of Sound]

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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