6 months ago
This location is extremely versatile. The giant windows and sky roof’s sprinkled throughout the building offer tons of beautiful natural light. The interior design of the office gives you plenty to work with in terms of production design — the furniture is so unique! We didn’t have to bring in extra set dressing except for tabletop props and accents. Otherwise, the space does all the work for you! This office can work both as a modern corporate vibe or as a startup depending on how you frame it. We chose a blend of the two and it worked nicely. The space is quiet for running audio, but definitely check the calendar of events for DTLA before booking if you’re going to run sound. There was a car parade one of the mornings of our shoot that lasted a couple of hours and because we were filming in a room closest to the street, we had to really dodge the honking horns and parade noise. Once we moved out of the room, even though the parade was still going on we didn’t have any sound issues, but if I had thought to look that up I would’ve changed my shooting schedule a bit to avoid the noise. It still worked out in the end, but worth looking into if you’re going to shoot primarily in the offices closest to the street!
In terms of production logistics, the back entrance to the building is in a wide alleyway which makes loading and unloading gear easy. For bigger productions, the only caveat is even if you pay for posted parking in the area (which takes more time than a standard permit because LA has to move these giant planters and get approval to do so), you’ll still have to unload your gear and then re-park your trucks in the posting. You can’t leave your trucks in the alleyway, otherwise, you could/will probably get a ticket for staying parked back there.
Because the space has so much natural lighting, unless you’re trying to shoot something extremely stylized with excess specialty lighting, a 1-ton G&E package is plenty. We unloaded all our production supplies and G&E package in about an hour and re-parked without any issue. There’s a Joes Auto Park that is a short walk to the back alley entrance that’s $20.00 a car. We parked our sprinter vans there for convenience. Aside from that, there’s a cheaper lot that’s about $8.00 a car. It’s a slightly longer walk but more affordable.
Whether it’s a big production or a smaller one, I would definitely make a parking map — my crew was about 15, and the map I made saved a lot of confusion.
Edward and Eva are great location hosts and are also filmmakers themselves, so they understand the workflow which is a luxury! They really let us really turn the space into our home for two days. If you shoot here, please take care of it! It’s one of those locations that should be enjoyed by many.