Currently in theatres (and shaking the walls over at Sundance Kabuki) is Godzilla, the epic monster movie attempt and once again a big blockbuster showcases San Francisco losing out to Canada for production work.
Do you recognize San Francisco in this trailer? Honestly?
One of my favorite professors while in school spent an a lot of energy informing his students on ways to make shooting in the city affordable. From stealing shots while on BART and the makeshift “you’re on camera” signs that release liability we learned how to make films in a flash and off the grid.
However, I’d like to take a look at the legitimate incentives being created to elevate San Francisco professional filmmaking that HBO shows shouldn’t be the only ones taking advantage of.
Filming in San Francisco is a big choice and one that many elite Bay Area-based filmmakers choose to abandon when it comes to their chosen projects. Of course, many of these are set outside of the bay and I don’t want to suggest that creative license should be abandoned to satisfy city patriotism. I understand that Spider Man needs to be made in NYC while anything involving invasion of Apes includes CGI San Francisco and then runs over to Pasadena for pretty house shots.
There are many facets of filming within the city “walls” that so many seem to be unaware of. From all phases of filmmaking there are vast resources in this city if you’re interested and willing to put the work in to familiarize yourself and learn its language.
Without further ado I introduce my first Made in SF beat:
A Simple Introduction to the SF Film Commission