Written by on Sep 3, 2012. Posted in On Location

Gangster Squad films reshoots on location in LA’s Chinatown

Upcoming period crime feature Gangster Squad has filmed reshoots in the Chinatown region of Los Angeles. The community is considered film-friendly as the small streets and alleyways are easy to control, while period production design is straightforward.

Lori Balton worked on the film as a Location Scout and spoke to the LA Times: “It’s one of my favourite places to scout. It is so wonderfully evocative of a different era ... and best of all, the residents actually like the filming experience.”

Jody Hummer is a Location Manager who acts as film liaison with some of Chinatown’s key streets and also spoke to the outlet: “It’s one of the few places in Los Angeles that is fairly intact from the old days. There are a lot of exteriors and interiors that can be changed easily and it’s a historic treasure.”

Gangster Squad’s Chinatown scenes will replace a sequence in the original cut of the film where mobsters launch a gun attack on a cinema audience at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a Hollywood landmark. The sequence was dropped in the aftermath of the cinema shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, in July this year.

To find out more about Lori Balton's experiences of filming California, click here.


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