Hollywood comes to my town... again.

Hairy Tale Film Crew sign

A movie production crew takes over my street.

Ahh, the glamor of Hollywood, the excitement of film-making... Unless the movie crew has filled up your street and you just want to get home! It happened in my neighborhood (again). Here's a report. San Diego might not be known as a hotbed of film production, but one day the one block street leading to my house once again filled with movie-making trucks, equipment, people and even actors who aren't people.
Placard in a film company truck window.
Filming location
A neighbor's house, rented to the film company. The crew prepares for the day's shoot.
Actors' mobile dressing rooms
The actors' home away from home, here's a row of Star Waggons on a nearby street.

Film crew vehicles
Nearby street packed with Star Waggons on the right, and equipment trucks on the left.
As you can see from a placard displayed in the various vehicles, my street was invaded by a movie company filming "Hairy Tale." Among the featured performers are chimpanzees and a baby orangutan. Movie crews bring an astonishing amount of gear and people to a location. They shot at a house on my block in the La Jolla area of San Diego, apparently chosen because it resembles a house in France where most of the movie was already filmed. So the house got surrounded by equipment, and my street became quite full, a challenge to drive through. But there's more. In addition to filling up my little street, they did the same to a street two blocks away, using it for more equipment, meals, wardrobe and makeup, and more. There were several of the ubiquitous Star Waggons, which are RVs or trailer dressing rooms. Yes, Waggons is spelled with two g's because it's a company owned by Lyle Waggoner, an actor known for TV series such as The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman. According to the crew, "Hairy Tale" is a fairly small production. When the movie "Traffic" was shot in my neighborhood, they used two blocks of this same street, for Star Waggons, catering, and much more. They shot at two houses on next street, and from my kitchen window I watched Catherine Zeta-Jones act a "garden party" scene in the neighbor's backyard. The Traffic crew used my street for production trucks. One morning we discovered the street filled with every luxury car imaginable. These turned out to be the fancy cars of the mobsters who came to the party shown in the film. Much of the equipment and crew came from Stu Seagal Productions, a San Diego film studio that is just around the corner from Advisor Media. Stu Seagal has churned out a variety of productions for theaters and TV. Maybe you've seen some of the TV series, such as Silk Stalkings, Renegade, The Chronicle, The Invisible Man, Pensacola Wings of Steel, 18 Wheels of Justice, and more. Earlier in LA, he was producer of TV cop show "Hunter" starring Fred Dryer. While some of my neighbors felt inconvenienced, I think all of this is fun, within reason. And in general I've found the production crews to be very accommodating, which they should be, since they don't own the streets and buildings. For instance, Stu Seagal also produced a brief revival of the TV series "Hunter" at his San Diego studio. Returning to Advisor Media from lunch one day, I found our office driveway blocked by a crew. Suddenly an undercover (but obvious) police car rocketed down the street and flipped a high-speed 180 right in front of our office. A stunt man and stunt woman emerged, dressed and wigged to resemble the stars of Hunter. Seeing that we were blocked, the crew promptly moved their truck a few feet, and I enjoyed watching them film this classic chase-scene stunt a few more times. Then the crew rushed to shoot somewhere else before they "lost the light." The skid marks remained for months. Had any movies made in your neighborhood?