Tuesday 21 October 2014

My Neck of the Woods

Halloween is fast approaching and it's my favourite time of the year. It puts me in mind of things like Michael Jackson's Thriller music video which I watched and watched to death as a teen. Driving home the other day it occurred to me that I (the girl from a minuscule English village that Brits haven't even heard of), now live right around the corner from two of the Thriller music video locations. (And I was also lucky enough to meet the director of the video, John Landis last weekend...!)

The cinema at the beginning of the music video, where Michael Jackson and Ola Ray watch the Werewolf film, is just 15 minutes away from my house. It's the Downtown Palace Theater.

And the spooky house that Ola Ray runs into towards the end of the music video, is a Victorian house on Carroll Ave, which is 10 minutes from my house.

This is the house - then and now! (Photo not taken by me. Photographer unknown.)

Actually all the houses on Carroll Avenue are gorgeous, and yesterday I took a photo of one of the houses which has been decorated in a fantastically Angelino way for Halloween.

Click to zoom.

But enough about my neck of the woods. Over at Tall Tales Productions I have completed some Halloween Jack O' Lanterns and crows (actually the crows have been blogged about before, here) and as usual, am selling clean out of everything this Halloween. Actually I am really looking forward to Halloween being over so I can stop creating for collectors and get back to something filmy.

And whilst we're on the topic of how Angelinos do Halloween, take a look at these photos below, taken by my little sister in Villandry. This is how they do Halloween in France. Wonderful isn't it?!


Kathy said...

Love your Halloween stuff Caroline! Working on a new movie in the near future? That house down the block from you on Carroll Ave. is a Craftsman home designed by Gustavo Stickley during the Arts and Crafts era like 1916 to 1919. To me, they are the most beautiful homes EVER!! The homes have very distinct features. They double as art and functional living space. low ceilings, lots of windows, some stained glass and woodwork that is functional like a window seat and always a fireplace. My dream home!

Caroline McFarlane-Watts said...

I know - California Craftsman is a style of architecture I fell in love with when I first moved out here!

Anna said...

I'm a 4th-generation Angeleno (not currently living there) and I still get a kick out of recognizing filming locations, both on the screen and in real life. Once, a traffic detour gave me the best surprise ever: a great view of John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, aka Westerburg High School from "Heathers"!

Caroline McFarlane-Watts said...

Hi Anna, I know!!! So much fun, isn't it?!! :) x

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