Friday, May 18, 2012
National Lampoon Shoots at Hollywood Center Studios
HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood Center Studios recently played host to the cast and crew of National Lampoon’s Another Dirty Movie. Directed Jonathan Silverman, the film is the sequel to National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, a sketch comedy starring Robert Klein and Mario Cantone whose outrageous humor has won it a cult following.
After completing principal photography in Louisiana, the current production set up shop on Stage 2A to shoot pick-ups as well as a number of celebrity cameos. (The stars’ identities are being kept secret until the film’s premiere.) Newly refurbished, Stage 2A features a fixed, green screen, 2-wall cyc that made set up and lighting easy.
“It was a fantastic shoot; it went far beyond our expectations,” says Silverman. “They treated us like kings.”
National Lampoon president and producer of the film Alan Donnes notes that everything the production required was easily accessible, including lighting and grip equipment. Because Stage 2A is adjacent to the Babalu Café, the lot’s famous diner, the production was able to forgo conventional craft services.
“We set up a tab and let everyone order what they wanted,” Donnes recalls. “We had actors, dancers and Playboy models, and everyone raved about the food.”
Donnes added that cast and crew also enjoyed the atmosphere on the lot. “We were shooting on the stage where I Love Lucy was shot,” he notes. “Everyone, including the celebrities, was excited—they were feeling the walls. It was magical.”
Donnes says the National Lampoon has a number of other films in various stages of pre-production and hopes to be back at Hollywood Center Studios soon. “We’re planning to make it our West Coast home.”
About Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood Center Studios has a rich and colorful history that mirrors the development of Hollywood and the growth of the entertainment industry. The studio has played host to some of the most notable productions of the past century, including such iconic television shows as I Love Lucy, The Addams Family, Jeopardy and Mad TV, and classic film productions such as When Harry Met Sally and The Player. In recent years, Hollywood Center Studios has continued to grow and modernize to support its large television clientele which includes Disney (The Wizards of Waverly Place, Jessie) and HBO (True Blood). Hollywood Center Studios remains a vital part of the Hollywood community and a place where entertainment history continues to be made every day.
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call (323) 860-0000 or visit www.hollywoodcenter.com.