For a quiet, routine suburb, the Santa Clarita Valley is in the spotlight quite often. Recently, the town has been the site of many new filming ventures, which has affected the lives of local residents.
As the most blatant instance of Santa Clarita’s moment of fame, the horror-comedy Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet features many scenic locations within the valley as settings for the characters’ cannibalistic adventures. The main family’s neighborhood resembles houses within the Tesoro community; in fact, the morning walks Sheila takes with her suburban friends follow a familiar route within my own neighborhood.
Besides the hit show on Netflix, Santa Clarita has been the site for other productions such as NCIS, 10 Things I Hate About You, La La Land, and Switched at Birth. Currently, the valley is hosting filming for Atypical, NCIS, and many other series.
Hosting film locations is one of the major revenue sources for Santa Clarita, which garnered $30.9 million in 2015 from location filming. As a backdrop for many well-known films, Santa Clarita has also gained popularity and recognition, which has attracted more residents and businesses. Due to its affiliation with Hollywood, SCV is a hub for rising stars, serving as a home for celebrities like Taylor Lautner and Ashley Tisdale.
However, the increased popularity and constant filming has not been received with unanimous support. Although we only see movies and shows as a finished product on-screen, most people are not aware of the cumbersome barriers that film crews impose on local residents. From blocked roads to invasive equipment early in the day, film productions can make it a hassle to live in SCV.
Brinly Xavier, a resident in Creekside, which is a neighborhood in Santa Clarita and a popular location site for productions, told JSR, “In my residence, there is always filming around my house. I believe that if a filming crew wants to film by any residential area, they need to understand that they are invading people’s private lives. If they are respectful toward the area and make an effort to make sure that the homeowners are happy, then that’s fine by me!”
As a resident of Creekside, I can say that filming can range anywhere from intriguing to horribly irritating. Although it can feel gratifying to live in a community deemed attractive enough to host its own Netflix original series, the allure is quickly overshadowed by the tedious reality of film shooting. Keep a lookout for any upcoming shows – the local businesses or trees just may be native to the little valley of Santa Clarita.