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1985 Newhall Ranch television production

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:

Jan. 10, 1985: Assistant camera operator, Ron High, carries a heavy film camera across the Santa Clara River for filming of an episode of “Call to Glory” at the Newhall Ranch. This photo was published in the Jan. 13, 1985 Los Angeles Times.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.

Jan. 10, 1985: A crew from Paramount Pictures prepares for a scene in the TV shot “Call to Glory” on the banks of the Santa Clara River , with mountains of Newhall Ranch as backdrop. This photo was published in the Jan. 13, 1985 Los Angeles Times

Jan. 10, 1985: A crew from Paramount Pictures prepares for a scene in the TV show “€œCall to Glory”€ on the banks of the Santa Clara River, with the mountains of Newhall Ranch as a backdrop. Photo above right: Assistant camera operator Ron High carries a heavy film camera across the Santa Clara River.  Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

Jan. 10, 1985: Actor George Chen, right, protraying a Vietcong soldier, checks his rifle after a chase scene through the Santa Clara River during filming of “Call to Glory” at the Newhall Ranch. This photo was published in the Jan. 13, 1985 Los Angeles Times.

Jan. 10, 1985: Actor George Chen, right, portraying a Vietcong soldier, checks his rifle after a chase scene through the Santa Clara River during filming of “€œCall to Glory”€ at the Newhall Ranch. Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

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