Placer County Fam Trip – June 2010

Placer County Fam Trip – June 2010

Article and photos by Ken Haber

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I was fortunate to be one of the lucky people invited by Beverly Lewis, Director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office, to participate in the June FAM Tour. The other travellers included LMGA members Kris Wagner, Osceola Refetoff, Geoff Jukes, and Daniel Rosenthal.

The whirlwind tour was a soup to nuts location buffet. Beverly made sure that no scouting experience was overlooked. We traveled in style starting with a flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento, and a mini-bus and driver for our three-day excursion.

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Day One
The first day included estates, rural roads, the charmingly photogenic and historic town of Roseville, the modern industrial architecture of Frank Gehry at William Jessup University, and one of the highlights of the whole trip, the historic Gladding McBean terra cotta factory. They are famous for having designed and constructed most of the terra cotta building exteriors in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, from the late 19th century, through the 1940’s. This museum-like 22 acre factory complex, complete with their own quarry, also contained a designer’s office that has been left exactly the way it was when the designer died in the 1930’s. After our first action-packed scouting day, it was on to a lovely dinner and our hotel.

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Day Two
Day Two began in Old Town Auburn circa Gold Rush era, one of two historic downtowns in this community, which included the quirky and interesting Chinese Joss House built in a shack previously occupied by a Chinese railroad laborer. From there we continued our journey into the mountains and out to Tunnel Chute and Horseshoe Bar along the Middle Fork of the American River. Here, the popular white-water rafting river passes through a film-friendly private ranch. The easily accessible river roars through Class V rapids and dramatically flows through a tunnel created during the Gold Rush to divert the flow.

Our excursion continued with a wine tasting at a local winery then up through the historic town of Dutch Flat. After a brief stop at a classic 1930s log cabin along the Yuba River, it was on to some panoramic views from Donner Summit. Our day culminated with an amazing private dinner for our group at the Resort at Squaw Creek, where we stayed that evening.

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Our Last Day
After breakfast on our final day, we were off to White Wolf, a beautiful private alpine wonderland – a four-season location – with its own private ski lift and fleet of Snowcats, that has been the scene of numerous commercial shoots. Then it was down off the mountain and on to an antique speedboat for an amazing yacht tour along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. After lunch at a tony dockside restaurant, it was back on the bus for the final leg of our trip, a Lake Tahoe estate and then to the Cal Neva Resort, owned in its heyday by Frank Sinatra, with a cottage once frequented by JFK and Marilyn Monroe.

The diversity and depth of locations available in Placer County was truly an eye opener. A fabulous time was had by all.
For additional information contact Beverly Lewis, Director, Placer – Lake Tahoe Film Office, 877.228.3456 blewis@placer.ca.gov