1985 Newhall Ranch television production
Jan. 10, 1985: A Paramount Pictures crew under the direction of John Avnet films an explosion simulating a landmine for an episode of “Call to Glory,” in the Santa Clara River of the Newhall Ranch.
These photos by staff photographer Al Seib appeared in the Jan. 13, 1985, Los Angeles Times accompanying a story by staff writer Patricia Ward Biederman.
Biederman’s story on film production in the San Fernando Valley included:
The Valley’s busiest location, the Newhall Ranch, routinely books several production companies a day and makes a nightly appearance on network TV. Pete Toby, location manager for “The Fall Guy,” schedules shoots on the ranch – home to 3,000 head of beef cattle that can be rented as bovine extras – about every two weeks.
The Newhall Ranch is so attuned to industry needs that its roads have no lines down the middle, allowing film companies to paint their own yellow or white stripes to match earlier footage.
“We ask them to use tempera paint so that it will wash off in the rain and we can start with a fresh road,” Newhall locations manager Weldon Sipe explained. …
Newell is big enough that several companies can shoot there at once, out of sight and sound of each other. Sipe said Newhall’s most requested location if the airstrip at Indian Dunes, built for the old “Black Sheep Squadron” series. …
The “Call to Glory” television series appeared on the ABC TV network for the 1984-85 season.
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