The Water Cooler – Visiting A Movie / TV Show Filming Location

January 12, 2021 12:00 pm · 32 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: If you could visit the filming location or one TV show or movie, which one would you visit? Also, have you ever been to a filming location (either before, during or after filming?

Talk about it….

Dawg January 12, 2021 at 12:28 PM

Having grown up in San Francisco, I’ve seen some shows and movies being filmed. When I was a kid it was fun, they even used my uncle’s barber shop in a TV show. Now I don’t get too excited about anything that has to do with Hollywood, filming, or locations.
The only location I’d like to visit would be the spot where Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. I think it would be fun to walk where the gravity is 1/6th as powerful as Earth, where I would weigh a mere 27 lbs.

Noj January 12, 2021 at 12:59 PM

Coming home from a family reunion in Minnesota in the mid-90’s, we drove past the Bonneville Salt Flats and a huge crowd was parked off of I-80. We pulled off the highway and headed down towards the Flats and a catering company had set up for lunch to feed the actors and crew of the film Independence Day (1996). A hot day in August..

ConcordRez January 12, 2021 at 1:06 PM

I lived in Manhattan from 1968-1970 and returned twice weekly for several years thereafter. I loved to walk at night and watch the filming. When I look back now at my late-night walks on the streets of the world, I shudder thinking of what a dangerous habit that probably was.

Hanne Jeppesen January 12, 2021 at 1:53 PM

I too lived in Manhattan in 1969 and most of 1970. I lived on 3rd Avenue and 37th street, but would often meet friends on the Upper East side where there was a very active single’s scene. I would take the bus home late at night, I usually felt save, because there was always people on the street, and on the buses. Walking the few blocks from the bus to my apartment, I choose a certain route where there was all night deli’s open, or corporate buildings with an all night security guard. I felt save most of the time. If you have lived in Manhattan you have witnessed several filming location.

ConcordRez January 12, 2021 at 3:44 PM

Hanne Jepperson, we were neighbors. I lived on the corner of 25th and Third. D’Agostino’s was in the same building.

Stove January 12, 2021 at 1:55 PM

Ive been to the banyan trees they used in Jurassic Park original where they find the raptor eggs. They are on Kauai, Hawaii, at the Allerton’s Garden National Tropical Botanical Garden, near the Lawai Stream, we took a tour and they showed us the trees and we could climb around on the trees too.

Kentucky Derby January 12, 2021 at 2:13 PM

I was in SF with my parents and siblings when they were filming Dirty Harry. As a kid, it was exciting to watch.

Roz January 12, 2021 at 2:15 PM

We did happen a pond the CPD filming a little thing one time off Monument in Concord with them dancing to music. But while our Daughter was living in Porta Rico, they were filming a Hallmark movie, Stranded in Paradise. She ended up being ask to be one of the persons in the back ground to pull a suitcase on wheels into the Airport and then again inside by the suitcase in line talking to another girl. Would have been cool to see her playing the part, but it was fun to see her on film for a brief moment.

Roz January 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM

Correction, spelling ~ Puerto Rico.

Silva January 12, 2021 at 6:28 PM

That is very cool, Roz. You were lucky if you saw her on film for even a brief moment!

Marco January 12, 2021 at 9:59 PM

Roz,why didnt you point out “happen a pond” (happened upon)
It was driving me crazy.

Roz January 13, 2021 at 7:18 AM

OH! Sorry,…..I do have a bit of a spelling problem and have since I was a kid. If I don’t have spell check, I always have to go to the Dictionary.
Thanks for the correction.

qwerty January 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM
Hanne Jeppesen January 12, 2021 at 2:20 PM

It depends what Claycord means by filming location? Were you suppose to be there while the movie was actually being filmed? Or just have seen movies with locations you have visited? I’m going to assume the later and just name a few. Having lived in Manhattan many movies feature the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Central Park. Same with San Francisco a few comes to mind: Guess who is coming to dinner, Bullitt saw those 2 when I still lived on the Eat Coast. The Clint Eastwood movie “Play Misty for me” was filmed entirely in Carmel and Monterey. Since I lived in Israel “Exodus” had several scene’s I recognized.
William Holden was in a great movie in the sixties “The Counterfeit Traitor”
the movies took place in Stockholm, Germany and Denmark. The scenes from Copenhagen, although not very long toward the end of the movie, featured several scenes I knew very well, as well as a few from Stockholm.
Also a movie with Paul Newman was partly filmed in Copenhagen, I think it was Torn Curtain.

ConcordRez January 12, 2021 at 3:45 PM

Hanne Jepperson, we were neighbors. I lived on the corner of 25th and Third. D’Agostino’s was in the same building.

Anon January 12, 2021 at 2:30 PM

My uncle was a location manager in SF; I was able to watch Streets of SF episodes, and movie with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn – and I played an extra in TV movie with John Ritter

Hanne Jeppesen January 13, 2021 at 11:04 PM

Cool, I loved John Ritter in “Three’s a Company”. He was one that could get away with slapstick humor.

Captain Bebops January 12, 2021 at 2:33 PM

Living in Seattle in the 1970s I saw several location shoots and the band I was in even played a cast party. The cast party was for “Cinderella Liberty” and they filmed across the street from a music store I frequented. Watched James Caan pull up in a convertible and dash across the street to the building where the movie was being filmed.

One week across the street from my apartment there were no parking signs designated for two days. Then when I came home from work that first night there were a bunch of Ryder trucks parked there and figured it was for a film shoot. They filmed a scene at the tavern across the street for a TV movie.

Once driving down to the University District noted that a crowd was formed at the fence around the abandoned elementary school so parked to check it out. The John Frankenheimer movie “99 and 44/100% Dead!” was filming a scene with Richard Harris where he walks away from the school where his girlfriend is teaching and thug threaten to blow it up. It took three tries before the explosive effects worked.

A couple years ago watched them film a scene for Netflix “13 Reasons Why” at the courthouse here in Martinez.

PESFG January 12, 2021 at 2:54 PM

I would have love, love, love to be an audience member in “Jeopardy”. Alex Trebek was my favorite tv show host for as long as I can remember. “Jeopardy” won’t be the same without him. RIP Alex Trebek.

Original G January 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Big Basin State Park, 1965 Disney film The Gnome-Mobile.

Saw huge movie lighting units on wheels, several trucks and semi trailers. Ranger filled us in on what movie it was.

uh1vce160 January 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM

When they filmed the flying scene from American Graffiti at Buchannan Airfield. Also I was an extra in Ike The War Years with Robert Duvall in 1977.That was filmed in Barstow.

THX Rico January 14, 2021 at 10:34 AM

I was curious about the American graffiti airport scene filming location because I thought it might have been at Buchanan Airport but I also heard that it might have been filmed at a different airport in the North bay.

Kirkwood January 12, 2021 at 4:49 PM

While I was stationed at Beale AFB (Marysville) in 1962, a movie called “A Gathering of Eagles” was filmed. I appear briefly in a scene where some mechanics push a maintenance stand up to an engine on a B-52 that in the story, refused to start. Stars Rock Hudson and Rod Taylor both wore elevator shoes. The dialog and action in the movie was pretty authentic. Arial photography was done from a modified B-25 flown by Paul Mantz, who commuted to the base in his P-51.

Kirkwood January 12, 2021 at 4:51 PM

While I was stationed at Beale AFB (Marysville) in 1962, a movie called “A Gathering of Eagles” was filmed. I appear briefly in a scene where some mechanics push a maintenance stand up to an engine on a B-52 that in the story, refuses to start. Stars Rock Hudson and Rod Taylor both wore elevator shoes. The dialog and action in the movie was pretty authentic. Arial photography was done from a modified B-25 flown by Paul Mantz, who commuted to the base in his P-51.

Bob January 12, 2021 at 5:24 PM

I saw the scene in that one High Grant movie with the dozens of brides running down the street being filmed in SF

FPN January 12, 2021 at 5:37 PM

Was never in a movie, but helped edit the cult classic movie Sasquatch.

Cowellian January 12, 2021 at 6:18 PM

One of the girls that was always at our house when my kids were teens is now a professional extra in New York. We have a game of being the first to spot her in her various shows.

My dream was always to never star in a Navy safety video.

Silva January 12, 2021 at 6:26 PM

I used to help out a friend in the 1980s who provided non-union extras locally for movies, TV shows, and commercials. I was in some SF street scenes. I was at “A View to a Kill”, a Great America commercial at the park, I think it was a “Hulk”(?) movie where they filmed a scene at Alameda Park Street bridge I can’t remember the few short-lived shows. I do remember getting on an elevator at SFO that was empty except for Linda Carter. She was working on a lady detective TV show. She seemed very nice and polite, and she sure was pretty. I could never find myself in anything, I blended in with the crowd well, which was the point. I really wouldn’t recommend the work for non-union pay, you have to get up way too early.

Hanne Jeppesen January 12, 2021 at 8:35 PM

Reminds me one night when I was walking on the streets in Manhattan, I noticed big lights and activity, I was about to just walk on, but asked a bystander what was going on, I was told a movie with Harry Belafonte was being filmed, needless to say I stayed so I could get a look at Mr. Belafonte.
I also once came to literary came eye to eye with Dustin Hoffman. I worked right across from the Seagrams building, and they had some famous people playing in Robert F. Kennedy tournament on the plaza in front of the building, before they went out to Queens for the actually tournament. I worked right across from the Seagrams building and in my lunch hour I went over to see what was going on, and all of sudden I was next to Dustin Hoffman (one of my favorite actors)he wasn’t much taller than me (5’6), but otherwise looked like he did in the movies. Think it was in 1974.

Gititogether January 12, 2021 at 7:12 PM

Watched Bruce Dern & Walter Matthau film a scene from The Laughing Policeman. They were sitting in their detective car outside the murderer’s mansion (which was around the block in Monterey Heights). When not filming, Matthau would play highish stakes poker in his trailer. When we asked for an autograph, he tore up pages of the script, signed them, and gave them to us kids.

Sandy G January 12, 2021 at 9:14 PM

I was in Moorea during the filming of The Bounty. Couldn’t rent a boat or a car, or tank anywhere.

Eddie van Halen January 13, 2021 at 8:20 AM

Threes Company

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