UPDATE: Through the Ocean Beach Grapevine – Filming in the Neighborhood Ends Today

by on April 15, 2008 · 15 comments

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Film Makers Finish Up Filming in Ocean Beach After Shots On the 4700 Block of Long Branch – Where Rental Cops Refuse Entry to Non-residents – & On Bacon St.

img_4903.jpgTHIS JUST IN!: an OB Rag intrepid reporter investigated the 4700 block of Long Branch Avenue, and reports that the CBS film crew shooting the pilot did a shot on that block and were off to another shot on Bacon. Our reporter said he was told today was the last day of the shoot. He also reported that rental cops and off-duty SDPD tried to stop him from even walking down the street, and were doing that to others unless they lived on the block: “They had SDPD off duty rentals there in case you were less than obedient, so after some confrontations & pretending to write down badge numbers the oinkers let me walk down the street.”

Our reporter then went home and got his long lens and shot photos from a short distance away. He found out the following:”The Movie is a pilot for CBS. It’s a comedy-drama, the working title is Metaphysical X. It’s supposedly based in San Diego, with the main character, a woman looking for meaning in her life, living in OB.” A woman is informed by a psychic that she should find her true love – who is her old boyfriend, who lives in OB. So she is out searching for him.

The CBS film crew was friendly, our reporter related. They shot a scene that included three nicely rehabbed cottages on that block of Long Branch. If it works and succeeds as a pilot, OB could be the site of a television series. Perhaps we can look forward to see what it does to OB. Will it do to Ocean Beach what “O.C.” did to Orange Co.? Maybe they’ll hire locals to pretend to be pretenders.

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[The following was posted earlier today.]

This morning as we journeyed out into the world, we saw trucks and trailers parked on the 4700 block of Long Branch Ave. The “No Parking” signs have been posted on Ebers St. near Long Branch for the past several days, indicating they may be filming there today!

We’ve heard word on the street that someone is filming a television pilot around town in Ocean Beach. Sitcom Maybe? There have been trucks and trailers parked around town, especially near the beach, and lots of No Parking signs and orange cones. One scene was shot on the last block of Narragansett.

Any word from our readers?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandy April 12, 2008 at 6:25 pm

I am wondering what the pilot show is about! Anyone know?


OB Joe April 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I heard it’s a comedy set in a beach town.


BL April 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm

The receptionist at The Electric Chair this afternoon (Mary?) said that she heard that the show is about a young woman who is told by a fortune-teller that she will find her “true love” (who happens to be a former boyfriend) in Ocean Beach. Apparently the production brought in all the actors, including extras … signs on Newport this afternoon said “businesses open during filming” but a lot of parking (incuding the whole lot by the BofA ATM) was taken up with trailers and equipment.


jettyboy April 14, 2008 at 9:25 am

I heard they were making a documentary about the “Lost Years of George W. Bush” and his time spent asking for spare change to get a drink at the foot of Newport.


OB Joe April 14, 2008 at 10:08 am

I had a friend who would come to OB every racing season, and he swore that he once partied with George W many, many years ago – way before his first election – and ol’ George was doing all kinds of drugs at a party in Mexico, especially coke, where he was so stoned he got up on a table and was dancing.


Patty April 14, 2008 at 9:39 am

Thanks, BL, for sharing the news with us!

And jettyboy… the lost years? Would those really be the years he spent on the beach?


Frank Gormlie April 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm

This just in! Local surfer disparages “wannabe” skateboarders and surfers involved in the filming. He – the un-named surfer – calles them “pretenders.” Anyhow, the trucks and trailers are still there, taking up a lot of parking, as of Monday 4/14.


El Pinche April 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

Last Friday they were filiming on Newport. For the fiming they added lettering to the outside windows of two business, one was a Nail Salon the other was a Fortune Teller.

I saw an actress wearing a wedding dress standing in front of a limo. I figured the plot to be something along the lines of the ‘bride’ was going to get her nails done and then stopped to see the fortune teller and then….


Richard Nadeau April 15, 2008 at 10:45 am

Does anyone know the answer to the following questions?

Has OB ever been depicted in the movies before?

Has there ever been a movie where OB was the center of the movies activities?


Patty April 15, 2008 at 10:51 am
Frank Gormlie April 15, 2008 at 11:17 am

Rick – yes. A 2000 film called “Almost Famous” directed by Cameron Crowe depicted several scenes of Newport Avenue, and was supposed to include shots within an old craftsman house – but actually the house was in North Park. Cameron Crowe never wrote for the OB Rag, but he did write for the San Diego Door.

Don’t know of any substantive film where OB was the center.


Sebastian Ruiz April 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

According to one of our photographers, they’re filming a CBS pilot for a show called, Mythological X. I couldn’t tell you what it’s about.



Dave Sparling April 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I ask one of the rent a cops if they were with BLACKWATER, got a real sharp NO. Did notice that the rent a cops had no weapons, but the SD cops did. I guess now that the new world order is in place, nothing we do will be without some form of security. Soon when two people meet, one of them will be connected with security.


Sabrina March 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm

How can you become an extra for this pilot?


Frank Gormlie March 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

see the classifieds.


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