This two acre property, belonging to the late John Guillermin, director of Death on the Nile, Towering Inferno and King Kong, now developed by his widow, Mary Guillermin, has many varied landscape and interior setups available. The property is surrounded by the nature of the Santa Monica Mountains and a seasonal creek runs along the property line. Click this link to view a music video recently shot on the property which showcases the many locations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE8gWKj_auk The Center is well suited for filming or photos shoots by small independent film companies or film school students with modest budgets. Custom bookings for film students or cash-strapped first-time directors will be seriously considered. EXTERIOR SET UPS: Natural views of running creek/dry creek bed; wild, wooded areas; flat grassy space under oak trees; steep wooded slopes. Use of the enclosed area known as the Sun Temple; useful for staging shots or dramatic scenes. Can be used with the statues present or they can be removed. Patio furniture is included. Country can be seen beyond the bamboo fencing. Dappled sunlight during the day, magic hour lighting from sun setting behind the mountain. Hillside Bali day bed with steps and handrail leading up to it looking out over wooded canyon slopes. Statues and ceramics may only be moved with permission and the supervision of the host. INTERIOR SET UPS: Ground floor of main house: Ideal for shooting domestic scenes. Includes a living room with a beautiful view of the countryside, and a door leading to the outside patio. There is also a kitchen which is fully equipped with a gas stove, freezer-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle, and cooking utensils. Cups and plates for up to 12 people for self-catering needs or for chefs hired to cook onsite. A large two sink bathroom is en suite with the living room. The patio has patio furniture, carpets, and two outdoor heaters if needed. Pool Room: The separate building opposite the main house has a large table which can be used as such, or converted to its original use as a full size pool table. This is the table on which John Guillermin played pool with Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire during the filming of Towering Inferno -- a table rich with film history! At one end is a work surface with sink and fridge making it possible to set up bar scenes with the pool table in the background. There is a unit supplying A/C or heat as needed. Guests can use the bathroom in the main house and/or a restroom in a nearby outbuilding. PARKING On-site parking is available for 8 - 10 cars, if the parking areas are not needed for the shoot. Off-site parking is is available on Cheney Dr and Topanga Canyon Blvd, only 1/4 mile away. All day parking for 20+ cars is available at the nextdoor property for $5 a day per car attended by a local resident and Topanga character known as Hat John. The property is located in a rural and tranquil setting in the Santa Monica Mountains with easy access from Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The center is only two minutes drive from two upmarket cafes with high quality organic food and five minutes from the best restaurants in Topanga Village. Your host is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who loves to welcome guests into her peaceful setting. Additional Info: Insurance required? I use Peerspace insurance Deposit required? No Drones allowed? No Trailers allowed? Yes Pets allowed? Yes Child-talent allowed? Yes Generator allowed? Yes Furniture/wall art movement allowed? Yes. ask permission before moving spiritual statues Wifi speed? 75/75 Mobile/cellular network reception? Patchy for some phones. Verizon network extender on site. host allows use of her landline. Noise restrictions? Yes. Property is in a canyon with steep sides. Sound reverberates. No loud noise after 10pm and no loud noise at all is preferred Fireplace/fire pit usage? High fire risk area. May be negotiated with supervision of host Pool heated/usage? No pool Ground floor or elevator/stair access? Two apartments. ground floor and chairlift if needed to second floor Can you record clean dialogue? Genrally quiet on property. Some cars pass on side r What is noise in the surrounding area like? A few cars. How many outlets are available? Where are they? 3 to 4 outlets in every room. Close to floor level How many bathrooms do you have? Is there dedicated space available for hair & makeup? Plenty of room on property to choose to create a space for hair and makeup Square Footage? 1440 What is the natural light like (exposure, # of windows)? Lots of natural light Are all areas of the space accessible for production purposes (including the exterior)? Everywhere except loft bedroom What are the power capabilities like in the space? Good in indoor spaces. External power points with cable extensions for outdoor scenes Will there be an on-site manager present during the booking? Yes What are the parking and load-in / load-out options on site? Parking for 8 - 10 cars, or two large trailers. Nearby lot with room for 30 cars can be hired for extra fee
No smoking anywhere on the property. The property is located in a very high risk area for wildfires. Set up and take down time must be included in the time paid for and any overtime will be charged according to Peerspace policies. If running late with clear up, guests must be very quiet after 10pm. My neighbors and I love the peace and noise reverberates in the narrow canyon of Garapito Creek. Statues and ceramics may only be moved with permission and the supervision of the host.
The host is very kind and really nice. This shooting venue is very suitable for our shooting needs, and provides a large base room. We are very happy to cooperate and look forward to the next cooperation!
This place is a gem. Very close to LA if you are looking to film in the woods. Mary is one one the friendliest host we every worked with. She also arranged parking for the cast and crew with a little extra fee. :) We would love to come back and work with her again. Transparent Agency
Great for staging outdoor film shoots. You can make Mary's property look like dense forest or the beautiful tucked-away home it is. Mary was so gracious and fair with us. We got all the shots we needed and then some. Our cast and crew had an air conditioned space with Wi-Fi to relax in when they weren't filming and plenty of space to park. Hope to film here again and would definitely recommend to others.
Mary was incredibly accommodating throughout the entire process of scouting, booking, and shooting on location. She even made coffee for the cast & crew. We used the pool lodge portion of the property and also shot an exterior scene. Mary also let us use the second-story balcony to grab a few overhead shots. By far one of my favorite on set experiences. Highly recommend the location if it looks like it will fit your needs.