No, you’re not hallucinating.

Yes, Tarantino is filming in Hollywood.

Yes, filming is back in Hollywood.

It’s a wonder that Hollywood Boulevard on the Walk of Fame gets any filming action these days; for a long period of time, LA had suffered a drought from filmmakers and studios alike. Tax breaks and various incentives from other states and countries had lured studios elsewhere, with only the most ardent of directors opting to film in Hollywood. Even the illustrious celebrity homes and hilly neighborhoods had seen other states and studio sets function as weak imitators to their original glory. It had become so rare to see a movie filmed in Hollywood that it a welcome surprise for tourists, and shock for locals.

Thankfully, the controversial auteur Quentin Tarantino seeks to end Hollywood’s long filming drought. With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino might do just that. Boasting an all star cast ranging from acting legends like Al Pacino and Michael Mardsen, to established stars like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and even bring in some new Tarantino collaborators, such as Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning, the film should make waves in its opening debut. Set in the turbulent transformative years of Hollywood (circa 1969), the film follows a washed up cowboy actor and his stunt double trying to get work in Hollywood amidst the backdrop of the Manson murders. Within classic Tarantino style, the director has already started transforming Hollywood to its former 1960s glory.

A kodak store, complete with vintage pictures. A tv repair shop, touting deals on new antennas. A lingerie shop, with old school brassieres and skimpy outfits send Hollywood boulevard back in time. Tourists and locals alike can admire the detailed handiwork from the Tarantino team by simply walking down the street. Classic cars align each side of the boulevard, taking us all back to the former glory of Tinseltown. Random signs from the bygone era are appearing all over Hollywood, accompanied by the trademark white trailers that house cameras, film crews, and costumes. Tourists caught Brad Pitt in a groovy 60s suit walking into the Kodak store, and many are hoping to spy Leo DiCaprio somewhere on Hollywood’s urban set.

Quentin Tarantino once again uses his unique style to use Hollywood and Los Angeles as a dynamic set from a turbulent time in history. With this being only the beginning of production for the film, there could easily be more Los Angeles locations used for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s production. With details of the plot being scarce at the moment, aside from it taking place during “the height of the hippie movement” in Hollywood, many locations within Los Angeles could be used for the production. Considering the focu on Hollywood, Angelinos and visitors could expect to see Tarantino filming in the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, no doubt in front of numerous celebrity homes. Regardless, we will have to wait for its premiere on August 9th, 2019 to see the classic Hollywood sets in action.


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