The county of Los Angeles is surrounded by four other counties: KERN County (north), SAN BERNDINO County (east), ORANGE County (south-east) and VENTURA County (west). The south is bordered by the Pacific Ocean -- this is where you will find our beautiful beaches and great beach communities.
The surrounding counties have their own Film Offices that you must contact if you are interested in filiming in those counties.
Our jurisdiction is all of Northern Los Angeles County, north of Santa Clarita. It includes the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. NOTE: All filming in North Los Angeles whether on public or private property requries a film permit from FilmLA.
The Los Angeles "30-mile Studio Zone" (a.k.a TMZ) is a 30 mile radius used by union film projects to determine per diem rates and driving distances for crew members.
In 2010, two locations in our jurisdiction were added to the zone: (1) Agua Dulce (2) Castaic (including Castaic Lake).
The center of the studio zone is located at the southeast corner of Beverly and La Cienega in Los Angeles California. More than 90 cities and parts of three counties including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties fall within the 30-mile studio zone.
ANTELOPE VALLEY FILM OFFICE:
A few places within our jurisdiction (North Los Angeles County) falls within the "30-mile Studio Zone" inclluding parts of Action, all of Aqua Dulce, and all of Castaic (including Castaic Lake).
ESTIMATED DISTANCE TO LOCATIONS:
Here are estimates of distances from the northernmost edge of the 30-mile studio zone to places within the jurisdiction of the Antelope Valley Film Office. The northernmost edge of the TMZ is located on the 14 Freeway, just parallel to Escondido Canyon Road and Hubbard Road in Acton:
Lancaster (downtown, via 14 Fwy) = 21.2 miles
Palmdale (downtown, via 14 Fwy) = 14.3 miles
Hi Vista (14 Fwy, Ave H, Ave E) = 46 miles
Gormen (Interstate 5 Fwy) = 35.7 miles
Lake Los Angeles (14 Fwy, Palmdale Blvd) = 33 miles
Big Pines (14 Fwy, 138 Hwy) = 39.5 miles
Wrightwood (ski slopes, 14 Fwy, 138 Hwy) = 40 miles
Acton is a film-friendly acommunity. It is an equestrian and pet lovers community with a small town atmosphere.
The quaint, friendly community of Acton is located in a small alluvial valley bounded on the north by the Sierra Pelona mountains, and to the south by the San Gabriel mountains.
The weather offers the four seasons: During winter Acton is sprinkled with snow, and spring brightens our hills with the most colorful flowers nature can provide. The diversity of the weather provides a variety of activities, from riding a horse in the early evening during the summer to having snow ball fights in the winter. Summer evenings cool down more than the lower elevation valleys. The altitude ranges from 2000 ft to more than 4000 ft, keeping summers cooler than expected.
30-Mile Studio Zone: effective 2010, the community of Agua Dulce has been added to the Studio Zone. Studio rates and working conditions shall prevail for all work performed within Agua Dulce.
Agua Dulce (Spanish for freshwater, literally sweet water) is a community located in Los Angeles County. It lies at an elevation of 2,526 feet (770 m).
Agua Dulce is home to Vasquez Rocks (a popular filming location).
Agua Dulce also has a general aviation airport known as Agua Dulce Airpark. The Airpark and surrounding area was the location for the ABC game show 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow which premiered on June 21st, 2011.
In the movie Rat Race, the scene prior to Whoopi Goldberg's car plunging into a junk yard was filmed on Agua Dulce Canyon Road.
The western film More Dead Than Alive was entirely shot at Agua Dulce.
The 1971 made for T.V. movie Duel was filmed in and around Agua Dulce.
The Film Star Trek Generations filmed its climactic scene in and around Vasquez Rocks.
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey was filmed here.
The entirety of Mel Brooks' 1974 film Blazing Saddles was filmed in Agua Dulce and neighboring Acton, California.
The films 127 Hours, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and various Nike commercials were also set in Agua Dulce locations.
The History Channel show Top Shot, season 3 was filmed in Agua Dulce in April & May 2011.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "I Love Rocky Road" was shot in Agua Dulce
Andrade Corner (formerly, Talamantes) is an unincorporated community in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in North Los Angeles County. It is located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) southwest of Johnson Summit at the southwest base of Portal Ridge, 2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the town of Green Valley, at an elevation of 3412 feet (1040 m).
Antelope Acres is located in the Antelope Valley the high desert area of northern Los Angeles County and is located approximately 13 miles from Downtown Lancaster and 64 miles from Downtown Los Angeles.
Antelope Acres maintains a significant agricultural presence with livestock, field crops, and a local chapter of the 4H club. It also offers an uncrowded and open landscape for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers of all kinds, and retains much of the charm and serenity of its natural and rural character.
Antelope Acres is known for its clean air, blue skies and four season climate. Residents enjoy the community’s easy lifestyle and freedom from traffic jams, smog and crowds.
Antelope Center is a film-friendly unincorporated community in Los Angeles County, California, which lies at an elevation of 2648 feet (807 m). It is located immediately east of City of Palmdale around 90th Street and Palmdale Blvd.
Big Pines has a significant geologic feature (an earthquake scarp) related to the 1872 Lone Pine earthquake.
Big Pines is in the Angeles National Forest, and is the highest elevation on the San Andreas Fault. It is a popular ski area close to Los Angeles, as it has a history of significant snowfall, even as late as May
Big Pines is located in the Owens Valley of California between the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains, just west of the Owens River upstream of its diversion into the Los Angeles Aqueduct. It lies on U.S. Route 395, the main north-south artery through the Owens Valley, connecting the Inland Empire to Reno, Nevada. US 395 also connects Big Pines to Los Angeles via State Route 14 through Palmdale.
30-Mile Studio Zone: effective 2010, the entire community of Castaic (in addition to Castaic Lake) has been added to the Studio Zone. Studio rates and working conditions shall prevail for all work performed within Castaic.
Castaic is rich in Southern California history, from Native American settlements to the hairpin curves of the historic Ridge Route through the Grapevine.
Castaic, California, is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California, north of Santa Clarita and a few miles from Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. It is approximately 39 miles (63 km) from the downtown Los Angeles Civic Center.
Elizabeth Lake lies directly on the San Andreas earthquake fault wihin the Angeles National Forest in northwest Los Angeles County. Situated in the western Antelope Valley and surrounded by the rolling golden foothills of the Sierra Pelona Mountains, it is one of a series of sag ponds in the area, including Hughes Lake and the Munz Lakes, all created by the motion of the Earth's tectonic plates.
Gorman is an unincorporated community in northwestern Los Angeles County (at the north-west edge of the AV Film Office's jurisdiction). Gorman is a historic rest stop in the Tejon Pass, which links Southern with Central California. Gorman is film-friendly and has been a site for at several Hollywood motion pictures. The California poppy and other wildflowers cover the hills in springtime.
Juniper Hills, California is an unincorporated town located in the foothills on the northern slope of the San Gabriel Mountains, facing the Antelope Valley, in Los Angeles County. The community is nestled between Littlerock and Pearblossom, occupying a smallish section of each and a swath of unincorporated territory in between. It adjoins the Devil's Punchbowl, a county park.
Lancaster, a charter city, is the largest city in the Antelope Valley and is located approximately 70 miles (110 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.
Lancaster has the only "musical road" in the United States, and is one of three in the entire world. The musical road is located at 30th Street West and Avenue G. The musical road came about due to a successful collaboration among the City of Lancaster, the A.V. Film Office and Honda North America car company.
All film permitting for locations within the city of Palmdale are handled by our partner, FilmLA.
Palmdale is a charter city in the Antelope Valley and is located approximately 60 miles (100 km) north of downtown Los Angeles. Today Palmdale is one of the fastest-growing cities in California. Affordable housing, excellent schools and over 300 days a year of smog-free blue sky contribute to an excellent lifestyle.
Palmdale is a film-friendly community. Even the "City Hall" facility is available for filming. All film permitting for locations within the city of Palmdale are handled by our partner, FilmLA.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 905-acre park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in northern Los Angeles County. It is in the Agua Dulce vicinity between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles and seen easily by motorists driving the Antelope Valley Freeway (CA 14).
Vasquez Rocks features spectacular rock formations, Tataviam Indian sites, and a seasonal stream. The rocks' history began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features.
In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. His name has since been associated with this geologic feature. The park is a popular hiking, picnicking, and equestrian area.
Vasquez has been a popular filming location used as the setting for scenes in many movies, television shows and commercials. Among the many films and television show to feature Vasquez Rocks are:
The Lone Ranger
Little Miss Sunshine
Star Trek 11
The Six Million Dollar Man