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Friday, April 11, 2008 Filming CSI

Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008

As the movie industry knows, Los Angeles can be many places. The airport at the end of Casablanca Rick sends Ilsa and Victor off to Lisbon on that foggy night is the Van Nuys airport, soon to be an office park.  That fishing hole in the opening credits of the old Andy Griffin Show is the reservoir at Franklin Canyon Park just off Coldwater Canyon, where the series Combat was also shot, along with a few episodes of Star Trek. You want a New England town?  You film in Claremont, the college town on the east end of the county.  And Atlanta burned in Gone with the Wind in Culver City. The list is endless.

And with your cast, crew, directors, management, craft services and production facilities here, you don't film in Miami. Why haul everything off to South Florida?  Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach, will do close enough.  It looks the part.  So here you have CSI: Miami produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis and CBS Paramount Television filming on Naples Island.

The beach and marina shots are usually filmed in Marina del Rey, the exterior of their police headquarters is the FAA Credit Union near LAX, and the police lab interiors are filmed at a studio complex in Manhattan Beach. But if you need a bridge over a canal and rows of expensive boats, you film on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, down in Long Beach.

The scene being filmed here on Thursday, April 10 the cops stop a young kid with a bag of something on a bridge.

And "Miami" in the background

Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach
Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008
Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008
Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008
Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008

Wet streets look always look better on camera than dry streets more contrast so you bring a water truck.

Filming "CSI: Miami" on Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach - 10 April 2008 - water truck
Naples Island, Alamitos Bay, Long Beach

Onlookers

Gulls on lamppost

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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