Friday, September 26, 2008 – Filming in Venice
No, not the Venice in Italy – the one out here – Venice Beach, the center of all things so very LA – the sweet young things in tiny bikinis roller-skating by, the street vendors and strange musicians and fortune tellers, the body-builders and the basketball players just like in the opening of "White Men Can't Jump" – and for forever that bearded man in the turban, on roller-skates, strumming his guitar. Actually, after a while, you get used to it – you just drop by now and then to be sure not much has changed. It never changes.
That's why Venice Beach is where you go to film commercials and music videos. This week it was a skateboard manufacturer, Razor. They had collected a bunch of absurdly cute kids, and their stage mothers, and were filming a commercial in the middle of everything. You do that here, not in Cincinnati or Boise. Everyone wants to be in Venice Beach.