Westworld (2016)

Westworld premiered on HBO on October 2nd, 2016. Filming locations include Agoura Hills, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita, Ca. It was created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. It's based on the 1973 film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The score was composed by Romin Djawadi. 

Church - 2813 Cornell Rd. Agoura Hills, Ca. 91301
(Paramount Ranch)

In 1927 Paramount Pictures purchased 2,700 acres of the old Rancho Los Virgenes to use as a movie ranch. For twenty-five years the ranch thrived as a filming location for hundreds of television shows and movies, mostly westerns. In 1952 Paramount Pictures had to sell the ranch due to changes in the studio system. The ranch found renewed life as a filming location when William Hertz bought the southeast portion in 1953. An ardent fan of western movies, he built a permanent western town utilizing Paramount Pictures' old prop storage sheds. The Paramount Raceway opened a year later, however it was closed after just eighteen months due to two fatal crashes in December of 1957. Most of the track still winds through the grass and oak woodlands of the park. After purchasing a portion of the original Paramount property in 1980, the National Park Service revitalized the movie ranch. Some notable productions hear over the years include American Sniper, Bone Tomahawk, Death Race 2000, Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman, The Great Outdoors, House II: The Second Story and Van Helsing among many others. Sadly, the 2018 Woolsey Fire nearly wiped out every structure on the ranch with the exception of the train station and church used for the filming of Westworld. Representatives have stated that the intent is to rebuild the ranch in it's entirety by 2021.


Cantina - Forest Route 6N18 Santa Clarita, Ca. 91350
(Veluzat Movie Ranch)

The movie ranch was also used as the filming location for Higgins Haven in Friday the 13th Part III.


Delores and William talk - 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd. Agua Dulce, Ca. 91350
(Vasquez Rocks)

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 932-acre park located in the San Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County. The unique rock formations were formed by rapid erosion during uplift about twenty-five million years ago, and then later exposed by uplift activity along the San Andreas Fault. The rocks are named after Tiburcio Vasquez, a Mexican bandido from the 1800's, who used the rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22nd, 1972. At least sixty-five movies have been filmed at the location, some of which include Alpha Dog, Army of Darkness, Austin Powers, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, The Flintstones, Galaxy Quest, Planet of the Apes (2001), Short Circuit and The Ten Commandments. Over one-hundred television productions have been filmed at the location, with the most well known being the original Star Trek series. At least thirty music videos have been filmed at the location as well.


1 comment:

  1. Some scenes from season one were filmed at the Skirball Cultural Center. Usually when the admins are standing at a railing looking out.