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Film Locations

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Mammoth Location Services

Mammoth Lakes, the center of filming activities, is a full-service, year-round resort community situated at the base of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Film crews will find supportive and hospitable communities throughout the Eastern Sierra best characterized by their easygoing lifestyle. California’s Eastern Sierra region offers some of the most unique and impressive landscapes in the world. If you’re looking for roads winding through dramatic mountain backdrops, sparking alpine lakes and waterfalls, authentic ghost towns, bubbling hot springs and moon-like rock formations then look no further – it’s all right here in Mono County.


The Eastern Sierra Region

The Eastern Sierra and surrounding landscapes are as dramatic as they is diverse. The jagged Sierra rises abruptly out of the Owens Valley floor towering to heights of over 14,000 feet. The valleys along the eastern flank are a unique combination of landscapes, while farther east are the arid White Mountains, dominated by the 14,246 foot White Mountain Peak. Radical elevation changes along the east side of the Sierra account for an unusual variety of climatic zones, all in a relatively short radius.

The higher elevations are characterized by perpetual snowfields and tundra-like vegetation (doubling for the Himalayas on many occasions). Moving lower in elevation, sparkling alpine lakes and streams, tall timber and lush meadows of wildflowers fill your shots. Descending even lower out into the valleys are rolling sage covered hills, pastureland, rustic ranch settings, and crystal clear rivers and streams. Deep, glacial-carved canyons slice into the mountains, and highways ascend mountain passes providing magnificent photo opportunities of the surrounding beauty. By contrast, endless roads with sweeping curves offer immense views of the high, open desert and snowcapped peaks.

For more information on the Eastern Sierra region, visit http://www.monocounty.org/.

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FEATURED LOCATIONS


Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Located in the heart of the Owens Valley and surrounded by acres of irrigated pastureland and working cattle ranches.
Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Ski Areas

Mammoth Mountain & June Mountain Ski Areas

Mammoth Mountain and June Lake ski areas are well known for their steep chutes and bowls, secluded tree-lined runs, world-class terrain parks, family-friendly atmospheres, majestic Sierra views and plenty of California sunshine.
Mammoth Mountain has one of the longest seasons (November–June), most dependable snow packs (typically over 10 feet) and highest ski elevations (11,053 feet). Both ski areas welcome film companies, and offer a variety of specialized equipment and personnel to assist with difficult snow shoots. The surrounding mountain vistas are spectacular and have doubled for the Rockies, the Alps and even the Himalayas. Other winter pastimes include dogsledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and sleigh rides. When the snow melts, ski trails become bike trails and thousands of mountain bikers congregate at the Mammoth Bike Park to ride over 80 miles of singletrack trails and the famous Kamikaze Bike Games each summer.

June Mountain, located just 20 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes off Hwy 395, sits atop a quaint fishing village and is blessed with breathtaking views of June, Gull and Mono lakes, as well as Mount Wood, Carson and Reverse peaks. It is often referred to as the “Swiss Alps of the Sierra.”
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Mammoth Lakes Basin

Mammoth Lakes Basin

The Lakes Basin is a chain of five mountain lakes nestled in a secluded alpine basin and surrounded by towering Sierra peaks.

The area gives the feeling of a remote mountain setting, yet is only 2 miles from Mammoth Lakes’ town center and easily accessible by vehicle. The area includes summer resorts and cabins built in the 1920's, campgrounds, horse stables, and miles of hiking trails.

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Mountain Roads

Mountain Roads

A plethora of dirt roads and paved highways criss-cross the Eastern Sierra mountains and valleys. Hwy 395 runs north/south parallel to both the Sierra and White Mountain ranges with several named and Forest Service roads ascending the canyons and passes.

Miles of rugged dirt roads, perfect for 4-wheel drive action, wind their way through wide open expanses and climb to panoramic mountain vistas. Lookout Mountain and Minaret Summit are particularly popular because of their accessibility and sweeping 360 degree views.

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Bishop, CA

Bishop, CA

About 40 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes lies the town of Bishop. It can best be described as "anywhere USA" with tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Bishop's mild climate allows for year-round activities such as fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf and tennis.

Mono Lake

Mark Twain visited Mono Lake in the 1860s and made an interesting observation: "Mono Lake lies in a lifeless, treeless, hideous desert, 8,000 feet above the level of the sea and is guarded by mountains 2,000 feet higher." Little has changed since Twain's visit, but what he forgot to mention was that Mono Lake is one of the most unique natural landscapes in the world.

A glassy, mirror­like surface of the vast salt water lake, statue-like rock formations known as tufa towers and the mystical light at sunrise and sunset create a surrealistic atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else. The Mono Lake Basin is a National Scenic Area, and though filming is allowed, restrictions do apply.

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Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie, CA boasted the wickedest men, the wildest streets and some of the harshest conditions of any western mining town.

In 1878, as many as 10,000 people lived in Bodie. In its heyday, there were saloons, gambling houses, a jail, funeral parlor, church and schoolhouse, merchants, hotels and miner's shacks. Today, it's a California Historic Park with many ramshackle buildings still standing in a state of arrested decay - a testament to a bygone era.

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Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills, just outside Lone Pine, is a classic "old west" location.

The high desert climate, unique buff-colored rock formations and the tallest peak in the lower 48 – Mt. Whitney – towering in the background have graced countless old Western classics since the 1940s. Today, this rugged landscape has changed little and is still a popular location among photographers and motion picture producers.

South of Lone Pine is true desert country, where the dried up Owens Lakebed and the parched Panamint Mountains – gateway into Death Valley National Monument – lie.

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Bridgeport

Bridgeport is the Mono County seat and boasts California's second oldest courthouse, a remarkable structure dating back to 1880. Bridgeport Valley has changed little since cattlemen and miners discovered its beautiful pasturelands and gold-rich hills in the 1850s. Clap­board ranch houses, stock pens, corrals and barns dot the lush, green valley and wide-open sage fields.​

Support Services

A variety of services, facilities and equipment are offered at your disposal. Our location coordinator can assist you with all your local production needs.

The following outlines some local services:

Area Coordination
Location Manager
Location Scout
Local Talent Casting (non-union)
Extra Casting
Permits
Accommodations
Catering
Equipment Rentals

Crew
Production Assistants
Security
Video Assist
Camera Assistants/Operators Soundman

Equipment Rentals
Water Trucks
Dump Trucks
Snow Blowers
Snowmobiles
Snowcats
Miscellaneous Heavy Equipment

Other Services
Vans and Buses
Rental Cars
Catering
Livestock/Wranglers
Charter & Commuter Flights
Lumber Yards

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Permit Information

Our location coordinator can assist you with all your permitting needs, whether it’s through the state, town, or parks.

U.S. Forest Service
Fee varies, $50–$800/day (depending on crew size). Fee payable by cashier's check only. Certificate of Insurance and Performance Bond required.

Bureau of Land Management
Fee varies, $100–$800/day. Certificate of Insurance required.

Department of Water & Power
Fee varies, $100–$800/day. Certificate of Insurance required.

State Roads
Must be permitted through California Film Office located in Los Angeles.

County Roads
Fee $50/day. Certificate of Insurance and California Highway Patrol or Mammoth Lakes Police Department required.

Town of Mammoth Lakes
Fee $100/day. Certificate of Insurance required. Mammoth Lakes Police Department, if using roads.

State Park
No fee, but donations are appreciated. Certificate of Insurance required.

National Park
No fee, but donations are appreciated. Certificate of Insurance and Performance Bond required.

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Climate

The region’s climate is as diverse as the locations. Mammoth receives an average of 400” of snow in a typical year, and an average of 300 days of sunshine annually. Mammoth's ski season typically begins in early November and often extends well into June. Bishop rarely receives snow, so you can literally shoot both winter and summer scenes within the same day.

Testimonials & Feature Films

Mammoth has been host to some of the biggest names in the industry, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to Victoria's Secret and Budweiser.

Testimonials

"The second unit photography with the F-14 jet looks terrific, thanks in no small part to the efforts of your Film Location Services ... We look forward to future opportunities to work together in the most beautiful outdoor studio in the world."
Michael Glick- U.P.M., Columbia Pictures - "Revenge"

"Unbelievable! Procuring that much equipment on such short notice on such a complicated stunt. What can I say but thanks! Again, many thanks for pulling it all together for us."
Brian Donnelly - Executive Producer

"... I wish all locations went this smoothly… they sure do it right at Mammoth... I wish we could make a whole movie here..."
Frank Marshall - Executive Producer, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

"In the past years that we have worked with your group, you have helped us in obtaining so many hard to get items that without your help, the job would have been in jeopardy... you and your group have always gone the extra mile in helping us."
Ron Smotherman - Producer, Jeff Zwart Photography


Feature Films

PARAMOUNT PICTURES
“Shooter”

DREAMWORKS
“Disturbia”

SUNNY TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

SHARKS UNLIMITED
 “Avalanche Sharks”

COLUMBIA PICTURES
"Revenge"

FOURTH OF JULY PRODUCTIONS, INC.
"Born on the Fourth of July"

PARAMOUNT STUDIOS
"First Monday in October"

EDDIE MURPHY PRODUCTIONS & PARAMOUNT PICTURES
"The Golden Child"

NEW LINE CINEMA
"Step Kids"

WIENTRAUB PRODUCTIONS
"Troop Beverly Hills"

20TH CENTURY FOX
"For The Boys"

LUCAS FILM LTD.
"Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom"

PLUPERFECT PRODUCTIONS, INC.
"Perfect"

STEPHEN CANNELL PRODUCTIONS
"Riptide"  


Commericals

AETV
“Gene Simmons Family Jewels”

BBC
“Top Gear”

BANDITO BROTHERS
“Pirelli”

PARTIZAN
“California Trade and Tourism”

AERO FILM
“Dodge”

RADICAL MEDIA
“Mercedes,” “Chevy”

SMUGGLER
“Corona”

CROSSROADS FILMS
“Purina,” “Nissan”

TOOL OF NA
“Dodge,” “Buick”

BELIEVE MEDIA
“Jeep”

MJZ
“Nationwide Insurance”

MOXIE PICTURES
“AT&T”

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
“Jeep”

ANONYMOUS VONTENT
“Dodge”

CONCRETE IMAGES
“Strauss”

SANDWICK FILMS
“Budweiser”

YAMAHA MOTOR CORPORATION
“Yamaha”

HONDA
“Honda”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
“National Geographic”

LIMITED BRANDS, INC.
 “Victoria’s Secret”

PLUM PRODUCTIONS
"Bayer Aspirin"


Still Photography

ZWART PHOTOGRAPHY
Santa Ana, CA
"Mazda," '1BMW," "Ford"
Producer - Ron Smothermon
Director / Photographer - Jeff Zwart

SEAN THONSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Los Angeles, CA
"Mazda," "Saturn"
Photographer - Sean Thonson

ROB GAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
Laguna Beach, CA
"Chrysler," "Toyota," "Mazda," "Ford"
Photographer - Rob Gage

VIC HUBER PHOTOGRAPHY
Santa Ana, CA
"Michelin Tires," "Nissan," "Lexus"
Photographer - Vic Huber

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How To Get Here

The region is served by U.S. Hwy 395, and is approximately 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 160 miles south of Reno, Nevada. There are daily flights into both Mammoth Yosemite Airport and Bishop Airport from Los Angeles, Burbank and Orange County. Detailed flight information can be found here.


Contact Information

Steve Morrison
Film and Entertainment Manager
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area LLC
P.O. Box 24 l 10001 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA. 93546
Tel. 760.934.2571 x3628
Cel. 760-914-0359
smorrison@mammothresorts.com