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We would love be part of your next production! You'll love shooting at the Frogtown Cabin - great light & textures, great energy, and extremely private! *** Please note - posted hourly rate reflects SMALL cast/crew projects 10-person max i.e. photo shoots – larger productions will require a higher venue rental fee. Thank you for your understanding. *** HOURLY RATE TABLE Simply add $10/hour for each cast/crew member above 10 people: up to 10 person cast/crew - $149/hr 11 person cast/crew - $159/hr 12 person cast/crew - $169/hr 13 person cast/crew - $179/hr 14 person cast/crew - $189/hr 15 person cast/crew - $199/hr 20 person cast/crew - $249/hr 25 person cast/crew - $299/hr 30 person cast/crew - $349/hr 35 person cast/crew - $399/hr 40+ cast/crew - Ask for quote (seasonal discounts may apply) OT will apply after 12 hours, and extra charges will apply for after-hours, non work day or holiday productions. NOTE - additional charge for B-roll/video on photo shoots. Now then... Welcome to our historic, magical “cabin in the woods” - right in the heart of Northeast Los Angeles, located just off the I-5 and 2 Freeway, 10 minutes from DTLA. Memorable, lovable and private – you’re surrounded by nearly a 1/2-acre of trees and greenery! You’ll discover irresistible charm – vaulted ceilings, corrugated metal walls, built-ins, skylights, a wraparound porch, an outdoor shower, a fire pit, a sprawling yard, and plenty of outdoor space. You’ll feel like you’ve left LA, but you’re only ten minutes from downtown! 5 minutes from Silverlake, 20 minutes to Hollywood - super close, but feels far away. Topanga Canyon or Big Bear or New Orleans or Anytown USA, but right in your backyard. The Cabin has served as the backdrop for a many productions – from celebrity photo shoots to independent films; French Elle to Target, album covers to fashion stills; from web series to moonshine commercials to to music videos to Netflix movies. Creatives and artists are always struck by the wonderful energy and great light/texture the cabin offers. It’s tucked behind an unassuming privacy fence, a wonderful surprise hidden in the middle of Frogtown. We are happy to give you customized quote if you... - have 26 or more people on your crew - only need use of the cabin's porch and exterior - are interested in renting the cabin for multiple days (i.e. you want to shoot a feature film) Please give us as much information as you can - total number of people, scope of production, etc. We will get back to you with a custom quote. Thank you!! Logistics: BOOKING TIMES All bookings start and end times include setup and tear down time. If you’re interested in multi-day shooting, please contact us for a custom quote. Overtime will apply after the booking hours at 1.5x the hourly rate (prorated). LOADING IN/OUT It’s pretty straightforward: there is a large ten-foot driveway gate that rolls open and a few small trucks/cars can pull into the property to unload or park. Larger trucks may be parked just outside the driveway gate with easy access. There are two steps up from the sidewalk onto the front porch. Double French doors may be opened on both ends of the living room/dining area for easy load-in/load out of equipment. PARKING Grip trucks/cube vans can be parked just outside the main gate on the street with easy load-in access. Street parking: There is plenty of street parking available. However, be mindful of street cleaning on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-1:30. Large off-site parking lot: For larger-scale productions, just ninety seconds away, there are large parking lots available to rent separately. We can provide the contact information if you are interested. ACCESS The production will have access to the entire interior and exterior of the house. The lot is over 20,000 square feet and the Cabin itself is 1071 square feet. There is also a 160 SF storage shed (aka “The Bunkhouse”) on the premises that may be shot from the exterior and features the wood shake siding look of the main cabin house. SETUPS Past productions often set up hair and make-up in the outer bathroom (the toilet area is enclosed separately off the bathroom area) and wardrobe in the bedroom. It’s up to your team and where you are shooting. There is a large paved outdoor open area to set up craft services and/or meal or holding areas. Though this area is shaded for much of the day, it does get direct afternoon sunlight, so pop-up shades may be desired on hot days. RESTROOM - IMPORTANT - Due to older plumbing, house restroom access may be limited for larger crews, and portable restrooms will likely be required to be provided by production. AMENITIES Production has use of all interior and exterior furniture in the cabin. Items may be moved, but with permission - please communicate clearly as to what you’d like to move. Obviously, all items must be returned to their original location. The electrical has been upgraded to 200-amp service, but for larger lighting kits, generators will need to be provided by production. The property tends to be five to ten degrees cooler than the surrounding area thanks to all the trees and shade. LIGHT There is lots of natural light inside the cabin, which varies beautifully throughout the day. Morning light is prevalent in the bedroom, and as the day progresses, the living room/dining area get fantastic afternoon light through the southwest French doors. There are two large skylights in the living room and one large skylight in the bedroom which offer dramatic light at different hours. The windows and French doors on both ends of the living room/dining area look out onto lots of greenery and trees. Because the property is enclosed with a privacy fence it feels like you are removed from the surrounding urban/residential neighborhood. NEIGHBORHOOD DETAILS The cabin is in a safe and quiet gentrifying neighborhood of Los Angeles called Elysian Valley, but perhaps better known as Frogtown. It’s an up and coming blue collar neighborhood with mostly single family homes. We know all of our neighbors by name and everyone is friendly. We are minutes away from 365 by Whole Foods, Gingergrass Vietnamese restaurant, CVS and Starbucks, and other coffee shops and small stores. We are blocks away from one of the hottest restaurants in LA - Salazar, voted one of the top ten restaurants in Los Angeles by LA Weekly. There’s also our very own Frogtown Brewery and an amazing gourmet sandwich joint called Wax Paper on the LA River, near Spoke Bicycle Cafe. Home Cafe is also just a few minutes away for a crew meal with plenty of options. AMBIENT NOISE LEVEL The property is nestled in a setting much like a “private park” near where the 2 Freeway and I-5 intersect. Traffic noise may be heard in the background. The sound level varies somewhat depending on the time of day, i.e. louder at rush hour. Our trees act as a buffer, so it becomes more like background/white noise, though an occasional large truck or motorcycle may be heard driving by; helicopters too, of course, as we live in Los Angeles! Productions have shot footage outdoors here many times in the past. The ambient noise level inside the cabin is very quiet with the doors and windows closed. BOTTOM LINE - IT'S GONNA BE GREAT! We have a lot of experience in the entertainment industry and we understand your process. We are here to make everything enjoyable, easy-going and stress-free. Thanks for checking out our “cabin in the woods” - we look forward to working with you at the Frogtown Magical Cabin! - Jenn & Dean
OVERTIME/TAILLIGHTS - IMPORTANT Overtime will be charged at time and a half (1.5x hourly rate) for all time elapsed from after the scheduled booking ends until taillights - when the last truck or crew vehicle pulls away from the property. Crew and vehicles working on the street after booking hours will be charged overtime due to the noise and parking impact on our neighborhood and how this affects our business after your production has left. 15 minutes of grace period to finish wrapping out will be provided free of charge unless exceeding 15 minutes of overtime. RENTAL PERIOD All rentals include load-in and wrap-out time. Please allow enough time for your production to return the property back to it’s original condition. "Taillights"is the end of your booking window. FURNITURE Please ask permission to remove or rearrange the furniture and plan to return items to their original location, but we understand the nature of production and we are easy to work with. SMOKING No smoking indoors. Smoking may be allowed outdoors and away from the Cabin, but you must provide disposal receptacles for ALL cigarette butts. ** Important - There will be an additional cleaning fee for cigarette butts found willy nilly anywhere in the yard or in the street/loading areas/sidewalk out front. If you’re going to smoke, please don’t let us find evidence of it after you’ve left. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. ANIMALS Animals must be approved by host in advance. DO NOT BRING ANIMALS TO SET WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. Whether it be a dog, cat, horse, goat, chicken, cow, pig or turtle - we are animal lovers and we will certainly consider welcoming animals onto our property. We ask that as a responsible pet owner you pick up completely after your pet(s). Animals are only permitted inside if they are properly trained and do not mark. Generally, this is on a case by case basis depending on number and kind of animals so please inquire. NOISE Please respect our neighbors and act as if they were your neighbors and keep all noise to a minimum. No loud noise after 10pm. When wrapping out after 10pm, please be mindful of dropping metal gear, laughter and no yelling. BATHROOM The cabin has one bathroom. ** IMPORTANT ** - For productions with more than 15 cast/crew, portable restroom(s) are REQUIRED to be provided by production. The length of the production and number of people will determine if a toilet rental is needed. ** DAMAGES/INSURANCE ** IMPORTANT - All productions must provide insurance and name hosts as additional insured.** We understand accidents happen, so please be communicative with us if something gets damaged. We ask that any damaged item be replaced or that we are compensated for any repairs and damage. A walk-through is required before and after all bookings. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. FILMING, PHOTO SHOOTS & PRODUCTION Please be clear, communicative and up front with what you're looking to do with your event or production. We are collaborators and truly want to make your project a success! If you are interested in renting the cabin for film, television, music videos or advertising campaigns, please contact us to discuss details, pricing and availability. When you inquire, please include as much information as possible, including but not limited to: total number of cast & crew, dates, hours (including load-in/load-out, setup and tear-down, pre-scout) and any other information you feel is pertinent. FOOD & DRINK Food and drink permitted outdoors with the exception of alcohol. PARKING. Larger trucks will need to be parked on the street just outside the gate for load-in/out. DO NOT BLOCK NEIGHBORING DRIVEWAYS - vehicles will be towed at vehicle owner's expense. IF A NEIGHBORING DRIVEWAY IS BLOCKED OR UNREASONABLY CROWDED, PRODUCTION WILL BE CHARGED A $75 FINE TO BE PAID TO IMPACTED NEIGHBOR. Street parking is available. Be mindful of street cleaning on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-1:30. Just ninety seconds away, there is a large parking lot available (not included in our rate) for larger-scale productions. We can refer you to the owner who will quote a separate rental rate. CLEAN UP All trash and recycling must be removed at the end of your booking and if approved, some may be placed in our outdoor bins (space permitting), and otherwise removed from the premises. Do not overload our trash bins, and please leave some room for our trash. Please leave cabin the way you found it - clean and tidy. RECYCLING We strive to be green. For smaller productions, you can recycle plastic bottles and cans in our large blue recycle bin. FILM LA PERMIT (if applicable) may be required, depending on nature of production. Please plan to secure all necessary permits.
Jenn and Dean are great hosts. They made us feel welcome and let us play in their home. It’s a stunning location. I can’t believe it’s minutes from downtown. No need to drive to Idlewild if you are looking for a rustic, magical vibe.
We had our wedding at the Frogtown Cabin and it was an absolute dream. The property is so unique and beautiful, with small touches that make it feel like a genuinely magical place. Jenn and Dean went above and beyond to make the planning as seamless and stress-free as possible, investing their own time and effort above and beyond what a regular host would. Their kindness and generosity are unmatched. I would book the Frogtown Magical Cabin every day from now until forever, if I only could.
Dean and Jenn were wonderful to work with! They were extremely accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure the event we did with them was as magical as possible. I highly recommend considering their space. Thank you Dean and Jenn!
Jenn and Dean were absolutely fantastic to work with and their place is a beautiful oasis in the city. It has a great unique look and I hope I have something to film there again!