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Old 04-01-2019, 05:37 PM
Location: West Los Angeles
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I just finished watching the first season of Swedish Dicks, and something I've noticed throughout the series is that there are never any skyline or landmark shots of Los Angeles. Even in the final episode where there's a scene on top of the DTLA Sears, the camera only shows a flat, non-distinct skyline that could be from any city. I've verified that SD is filmed in L.A., though you'd never know it simply by watching it.
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:32 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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No permission needed. If you shoot a close up of a building then you might get into issues with regard to the architect's design. It's considered art. For example they certainly get permission to have shots of that building in Die Hard. It was the focus of the movie. LA charges an arm and a leg just to get a permit to shoot. I think it's like $850 or something ridiculous like that. Technically even if you shoot in your own home or business you need a permit. The only thing exempt is a sound stage. Having said that, unless you have large crew, no indie filmmaker pulls a permit. It's cost prohibitive. But the big productions do pull permits.
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