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#2 Oct 3, 2010
I use to allow filming at my home, but my neighbors always had their hands out demanding a piece of the action.
They would say that filming disturbs their peace and quiet and if I do not pay them, they will complain. Ironically, one of the most demanding of them has something akin to a day care center at their home, with several noisy kids and partying parents every day in the summer. I don't complain, but I must say it impacts my peace and quiet. Another one of the demanding neighbors has a loud rock band. If they weren't playing so off key, with an annoying base that shakes the earth several hundred feet away, it wouldn't bother me so much. Then, there's the one who lets off illegal fireworks with sparks landing in my yard. Two others have dogs that bark all night, one is just waiting to be coyote food. Each one of these folks demand payment.
My point is, why is it they can disturb the peace, but I can't even have 14 days a year of filming without having to pay them off? In addition, FilmLA makes production pay for a "film monitor," not that it provides us any protection (proof of not being a disturbance) from these people. Film trucks never parked on or near their streets. My home is over 300 feet from theirs. Crews leave before 10 PM.
I understand how such location shoots might impact business owners, but this is a residential area and the code allows for 14 days of filming.
Even if production does pay them off, it leaves a sour taste in everyone's mouth and it isn't worth it.
I never experienced such greed outside LA. I can't blame film crews from going elsewhere.
#3 Oct 3, 2010
People usually go where they can get the best deals.
It's no different in the filming business.
When you ask people why they buy foreign cars, they say they can get more value for their money.
Same with the production companies; they'll also go where they can get the best deals, in spite of being begged to film locally.
Ironically, in two or three instances where I have done an informal count, about 60% of the workers cars are made outside of this country.
So much for local loyalty.
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