From “Vertigo” and “The Birds” to “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Joy Luck Club,” San Francisco has long been a prime spot for shooting first-class movies.
The Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, the twisty and narrow streets and the diverse neighborhoods provide a rich backdrop for movies, television shows and commercials.
And it’s the mission of the San Francisco Film Commission and its board to make sure each and every production has a successful shoot in the cinematic city.
NATAS Gov. Carolyn Tyler is one of the new film commission board members.
Tyler, who spent 32 years as an anchor and reporter for KGO-TV/ABC7, was appointed in May by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to join the 10-member board.
“It’s a volunteer job and it’s basically a labor of love,” Tyler of San Francisco says. “I’m just trying to give back to a city that embraced me for 32 years.”
Tyler doesn’t consider herself a film buff, but keeps up on the latest movies and TV shows.
“I’m a San Francisco buff,’’ she says. “I really love this city and I’d like to help.”
She’s in a good position to help.
Because of cost constraints, labor union challenges and pandemic-related issues, some producers choose to come to San Francisco only for the iconic beauty shots. They then go to cheaper markets, such as Austin, Vancouver or Atlanta, to complete filming, Tyler says.
But the commission is working on that with a rebate program and other incentives.
“Nash Bridges took advantage of that,’’ she says. “Nash Bridges” couldn’t have been shot anywhere else.”
As for her favorite San Francisco- based movies, she counts “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” among them.
But that could change.
Tyler advises that a remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair” will be shot in San Francisco down the line.
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