L.A.’s Griffith Park was the most popular filming location in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.The canyon area logged 409 production days last year, which is 63 days more than its top-ranking previous year. Gritty TV dramas like “Southland” and “Sons of Anarchy” frequent the 4120-acre Los Feliz park for filming.
But movies and TV also love the water. Point Dume State Beach on the Malibu coast and Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey came in as the second and third most popular locations, with shows like “Modern Family” and a host of commercials favoring the former, and everything from “90120,” “Parenthood” and “The Office” generating production days at the latter.
The 6th Street Bridge in downtown L.A. ranked in fifith place, most notably serving as one of Gotham’s mean streets in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” A car chase scene for “Seven Psychopaths,” starring Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell, was also filmed there this year.
Many of these locations have a place in film in history. Griffth Park’s winding roads and domed observatory most famously appear in Nicholas Ray’s James Dean-starrer “Rebel Without a Cause,” while Point Dume Beach was the apocalyptic background for the original 1968 version of “Planet of the Apes” and the Coen brothers’ writer’s-block fever dream “Barton Fink.”