Hollywood's Natural Backlot
Big Bear was once a popular escape for movie stars and other Hollywood elite, today this area continues to thrive as a top-notch filming location that attracts television and film crews from all over the world. Just two hours from the entertainment capitol of the world, Big Bear features Southern California's most beautiful scenery of rugged wilderness, clear blue skies, alpine lakes, high desert and breathtaking mountain vistas. Of course Big Bear has no problem changing costumes as the seasons change like amber and golden leaves in the fall, snow-covered mountain peaks in the winter and lush green backdrops in spring and summer.
The four season resort community averages 320 days of clear skies annually with mild temps throughout the year. You'll find charming streetscapes, rustic cabins and elegant lakefront properties.
For more than a century, Hollywood has made Big Bear its backdrop for first-rate productions. Films that might ring a bell include When a Stranger Calls, Next, Dr. Doolittle II, Gone with the Wind, The Insider, Frankenstein, Magnolia, Beethoven's 3rd and War Games.
Television productions include "Grey's Anatomy," "The King of Queens," "The Average Joe," "Next Great Champ," "Jimmy Kimmel" and "Extreme Dating."
Catalog and commercial productions include J.C. Penny, St. John's Bay, Orvis, Toyota, Mountain Dew and many others.
Filming is easy in Big Bear, with a one-stop permit process and a large location library (help with scouting is always available). With 800,000 acres of National Forest, 22 miles of shoreline, historic and modern construction, Big Bear is perfect for your shoot.