Pictures of New “Amityville Horror” House

Last week, a little bird told me that there was some kind of construction going on at El Dorado Park, which just happens to be part of my BSR (Big Sunday Run) route. The park, literally 2 miles from home is huge, divided into two parts, and takes up a good portion of my run.

I figured I had to check this out for myself so I took a break from my run to see what was going on.

Here’s the back of the house, still under construction:


Here’s another shot with a small garage adjacent to the home:


I continued to make my way around the house:


This is where I thought it would be funny to pose with a rather frightened look on my face (flames added for dramatic effect because, you know, Amityville Horror and stuff):


And finally, the front of the house:


The set is drawing a lot of attention because, well, it’s in the middle of the park for crying out loud. For someone unfamiliar with movie locations or set construction I’m sure they’re curious as to why a home is being built in here and to those who know, it’s becoming a cool spot to take pictures and brag to your out-of-state friends about. In fact just after I took this shot, a group of runners was taking a break and decided to take some pictures themselves. They wanted a group shot so I volunteered my services and took it for them.

For more info on the movie, visit this post at OLV.

And hey, one of those pictures looks familiar, doesn’t it? With all the filming around here, I’m always on the lookout for new locations and tweet pictures to OLV when I see something new. I’m always happy to let them use my shots.

Oh, and my run? I ended up with 9.2 miles. Not bad for an old(er) guy.


Filming Flashback: Friday After Next

For today’s post, I’m taking a cue from IAMNOTASTALKER, a very cool site with a humorous name that lists movie locations all around southern California. And being I live in said area, I dig what I’ve seen on that site.

I was turned onto it by searching for more info about CSI: Miami shoots in Long Beach and have since e-mailed the site’s owner quite a few times and we have shared stories of what we’ve come across. So Lindsay, I hope I’m not stepping on your toes with what I’ve got tonight 🙂

Way back in 2002, I was tipped off by a friend of mine that there was some filming going on at a strip mall down the street from his home and not far from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, whose main exterior was used in the classic TV show Emergency! He said he had no idea what it was because they were pretty much done by the time he found out but that I should check out the names of the fictitious businesses in the strip mall.

So I grabbed my trusty Minolta X-370 and rolled down there. And boy, was he right. The names were downright hilarious and although I took quite a few shots of the location, the ones that follow are only a portion of what I could find; the rest are scattered amongst boxes of photographs. (I used to work in photo labs most of my life so you can imagine how many pictures I have.) And it wasn’t until I did some serious investigating that I learned the movie being shot was Friday After Next. Don’t ask me how I figured it out; I guess my Google-Fu was strong that day.

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Really Local Filming

It can’t get much closer than this.

On the way home I happened to come across some more filming in my neighborhood. (Yes, I know, I see it all the time around here but I’m still intrigued by it all.) So when I got home I decided to grab the camera and ride my bike down to the location and see what was up.

When I arrived, I asked a police officer what they were filming and he told me it was a commercial. Kind of figured as they had all directions around the intersection blocked to all traffic. A few minutes after my arrival they were just about ready to shoot a scene so I sat around and watched.


A tan Nissan Altima passed through the intersection while a light blue VW Golf (I believe), driven by a man in a dog suit (which couldn’t have been fun on this hot day) zoomed by on the other side of the street, hopped the curb, and sheared off a prop fire hydrant in the process. Water shot into the air–and then things got interesting.

A few seconds later, the entire crew went running to the intersection where the fake hydrant was sheared. From what a witness on the other side of the street told me, when the car hopped the curb and hit the hydrant, it apparently also struck an actor that was in “his” front yard picking up his newspaper for the scene.

Within minutes, Long Beach Fire arrived to tend to the actor. Pictures of the event are below and via Slide since I haven’t renewed by Flickr Pro account, which I will do this Friday.

I don’t know the extent of the actor’s injuries but I hope they come out of this okay as the sound of the car crashing was pretty brutal…

Me in Florida?

Nope, just a prop for the show “Dexter” being filmed at the local park.


(Photo adjusted for contrast).

UPDATE: I noticed all the equipment lying about the part while riding to work this morning but not wanting to be late to my funky two-bit job, I decided to keep pedaling. One the way back, however, I stopped and took these shots with my Phone-Cam.

You can see the rest of them at this Flickr Photoset, Enjoy, and I’d like to extend a special thanks to the kind walker whom I stopped, and agreed to take this photo.

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The Kid and David Caruso!

The Kid and David Caruso!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

CSI: Miami filming in Long Beach, CA. The rest of the pictures can be seen here.

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