Kern River Valley & the Sequoia
National Forest have a long history of providing location filming sites and
services. From arid Deserts to verdant Mountains, from remote Streams to
formidable Rivers and Lakes, from deep Canyons to lush Meadows and Giant
Sequoia Forests, and from winding Mountain Roads to dusty Hiking Trails, our
diverse offerings are within an easy 3-4 hour drive from Hollywood. About the
only locations we can't provide are metropolitan high-rise buildings and
congested freeways. Ocean scenes are also a bit difficult to frame here, but
sometimes when the wind comes up, Lake Isabella can look just like the Pacific.
Hundreds of Major Motion Pictures, TV
programs, Commercials and Music Videos have been filmed at numerous photogenic
locations in our outdoor Mecca. When your project calls for the Great Outdoors
or that small rural community look, we have just the location you
Take a peek at just a few of the
titles where the Kern River Valley can be found:
Series & EpisodesCommercials and Music
Behind the scenes with Tim Allen's Home Improvement September 22nd, 1998 season
opener, a Kern River rafting adventure with Tim's comedic touch. Filmed on
location at Limestone campground on the upper "wild and scenic" Kern River,
about 20 miles up river from Kernville. Limestone is one of our more popular
location sites available to you.
The Kern River Valley is a popular
location site for those quaint rural scenes. Some of our area's historical
buildings, ghost town, farms, ranches, cemeteries, general stores and the old
flour mill in Weldon have seen film action before. Most sites can be traced to
the stage and mule team era.
location crews look to us for desert vistas, remote wilderness areas, old gas
stations, wild and scenic Kern River takes, and Lake Isabella backdrops. Homes,
including rustic mountain cabins and palatial ranch estates may grace any
frame. In addition, many commercials for expensive cars, motorcycles and trail
bikes have been set on our quietly winding mountain roads. As you caravan up
through the canyon to Kern River Valley you'll probably notice calm, tree
shaded pools in the midst of roaring rapids. From this you may recall White
Rock Soda and Kool commercial days.
Kern River Valley's Film Location Library
maintains volumes of location photos to help
with your site selections. To meet your special requirements, we can provide a
multitude of suggestions for areas most applicable to your project.
Our locations are controlled by private
individuals, Kern County Parks Department, USDA-Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, California Fish & Game, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and
CalTrans. To partake of the myriad filming opportunities, you must often meet
ownership or agency permit requirements.
K.R.V. Film Location Library office will assist you in identifying and
submitting appropriate permit requests to the right people without delays or
prolonged searches. A supply of the various forms is maintained at our facility
and our staff is ready to help in any way possible. It's another reason we're
popular with location crews.
The Kern River Valley is one of the only
Southern California areas that experiences all four seasons. Winter snowfalls;
beautiful spring flora and fauna; colorful red, brown and yellow autumns; and
sunny summer days. If you're interested in clear, star filled skies we have
them, and there's no smog with which to contend.
You can film at various elevations covering all the seasons in one
trip during the early and late winter months. Our
great year round and seasonal averages are mostly moderate. The upper
elevations, with lush green meadows and wilderness areas, are ideal for summer
location shots. The comfortable climate and working conditions draw many cast
and crew members along with their families back for rest and relaxation. Many
have even purchased weekend retreat homes and property once they discover the
serene beauty and smog free skies.
Every effort is made to ensure that your
Kern River Valley film project is handled without a hitch. We can provide
information or rental and reservation services for lodging, dining, or camping.
Experienced, professional rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and
mountain biking guides and outfitters are ready to assist in any related
We can help with local casting,
as many SAG members and film support professionals live within our community.
We can also coordinate local on-site medical personnel and emergency vehicle
standbys, as well as liaison with appropriate law enforcement and site security
To view complete community and
local recreation information, guides, maps, and services, visit:
The Kern Valley Canyon
K.R.V. FILM LOCATION LIBRARY
P.O. Box 397 ·
Kernville, California 93238-0397
11447 Kernville Road, Kernville,
Phone/FAX: (760) 376-2629
Attn: Jennie Cox - Film Office
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