You’ve heard it a million times in the real estate world; the three most important considerations when looking for a new home are, 1) Location 2) Location and 3) Location. The same criteria may indeed apply as the ideal wedding or event venue is being considered. As filmmakers, we consider the location just as important as the actors and the production crew.
We have a lot of fun producing wedding videos, especially during the very busy “wedding season” here in Southern California. (although a very good argument could be made that it’s always “wedding season” here due to the great weather we enjoy.)
A side benefit to this is having the opportunity to visit a wide variety of venues throughout the Southland that we might not otherwise have the occasion to see. There are so many lavishly landscaped and beautifully manicured locations that offer wonderful backdrops to the ceremony and reception.
One venue that we frequent, however, is the Disneyland Hotel and it’s environs. The beautiful grounds, varied landscaping, and sheer historical impact on Anaheim and indeed, Southern California, make the hotel a fascinating location to visit.
For those interested in a thoroughly enjoyable and impeccably documented read on the subject, I highly recommend Don Ballard’s “Disneyland Hotel; The Early Years“. This book represents a “labor of love” on the part of the author and the care and research that he poured into this project are clearly evident throughout. For an overview of the work, as well as a visually rich site full of great photos, facts and trivia visit his website. The author also maintains a blog which features more great background on the hotel, as well as updated information on the history and lore of the Southern California landmark.
Frequently, a script calls for a specific location. However it is also possible to shoot a scene in a non-specific locale which serves to support the action just as well.
An example would be the promotional spot included below which has a silent screen, early Hollywood feel to it. It was shot in Fullerton, California utilizing a public park multi-use facility as a backdrop. The mission-style structure had just the right 1920’s look that helped set the stage for the love-at-first-sight story.