film locations

Visual Mindscape: Film Locations as Allegory

Sometimes the specific needs of a scene lock you into a particular location.  But, in situations where this is not the case, you might consider choosing film locations that add a degree of richness to the scene. Often the obvious location is simply generic and adds very little to the story....

Behind the Lines with DR: Action Prison Blues, Part 1

With the express intent of busting out of my oh-so-comfortable action-thriller box, I’d concocted and sold this career-shifting pitch to Paramount. It was a tear-jerker of a melodrama that took place both in and outside a maximum security prison. But for that one unforgettable night I’d spent in a South Bay...

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Behind the Lines with DR: The Cost of Location

A few nights back I was having dinner with some new friends when I was reminded of this story. I was describing a conversation I’d had with director Florent Siri during pre-production on Hostage. Most of the movie takes place in and around a very special mountaintop house I’d invented for the movie....