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Oscar surprise: Only 'The Kids Are All Right' shot entirely in L.A.

Kids are all right 
The Focus Features film "The Kids Are All Right" may not walk away with an Academy Award Sunday night, but it does take the prize for being the only film among the 10 best picture nominations that was shot entirely in the city of Los Angeles.

In a stark reminder of how few prominent films are still filmed in L.A. these days, nine of the best picture nominees were shot either outside of California  ("The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "127 Hours" and "True Grit") or only partially in Southern California ("Inception" and "The Social Network").

"I've been be doing this for over 30 years and we used to shoot almost everything here," said Ned Shapiro, location manager for "The Kids Are All Right." "Today, to have a film that's shot entirely in the city of L.A. -- it's almost unique."

The movie,  about a lesbian parents and their two children who seek out their biological father,  stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Produced for just $4.4 million, it has grossed $29.5 million in worldwide ticket sales.

"Kids" was filmed over 23 days in July 2009 at homes in Venice and Echo Park (where Ruffalo's character lives), Ocean View Farms Community Garden in Mar Vista, a hardware store in Highland Park and a loft near Dodger Stadium that was converted into a restaurant, among other locations.

WIth a budget of just $250,000 to cover the on-location filming expenses, Shapiro spent a lot of time  negotiating discounts with property owners.

"I made deals,'' he said. "I told people this is not a big-budget movie and we didn't have a lot of money to spend and that the two big stars were working for scale, and they went along with it.''

-- Richard Verrier

Photo: Annette Bening (left) and Julianne Moore star as Nic and Jules in Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," a Focus Features release. Credit: Focus Features.


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Maybe if more actors worked for scale production companies would not leave the state. I have been working under scale for the last 5 years just to pay my bills.

well big business and ronald reagan started the whole
down sizing of the working class and working class actors now its like life some get 20 million dollar paycheques others
big business and republicans want to make more money slash
all benefits
and say it s good to wipe out the defecit they created
its all smoke and mirrors
really there is so much money around but the rich cry poor

do you really think actor's wages are why production has mostly left the state? Brad Pitt gets paid, no matter where they shoot. The rest of the cast makes up a tiny part of the budget. Look at the ridiculous cost of doing any kind of business in LA, and then take a look a the beverly hills addresses of the Studio executives, and you might get a better idea of where the money goes.

Check out the COLAGE website for videos of real youth with gay parents sharing their stories! Thanks for your coverage of The Kids Are All Right!

It's sad that movies aren't being shot in L.A. anymore and what will ultimately happen is that this town will lose it's filming identity and cache. Studio Execs only care about lining their pockets with tax credits from states that are broke and are laughing all the way to the bank! Way to go city of Los Angeles and the lovely State of California!!


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