Thursday, December 5, 2013


Hello everyone:

Can you believe that we're in December already?!  Our last blog was in August, which is far too much time between our news blurbs.  Please forgive the prolonged delay.  The only excuse I can muster is that we have been slammed with work this year, which is by no means a complaint.  This has, in fact, been our best year ever.  We could chock up this success to our stages and sets, but we know that it's really the people--our staff, clients, vendors, and proteges--to whom we must give the credit.

Let's look back at some of LCS's highlights of 2013:

  • We kicked off 2013 with talent and beauty showcased in Sweden's Next Top Model.
  • The international theme continued with a British/U.S. sci-fi thriller entitled, THE LAST SCOUT.  Watch for it!
  • Martial arts legends Dan Inosanto, Benny Urquidez, and Richard Norton graced our green screen in a family-friendly film about an aspiring young karate student.  Every time the production took a break, these world-renown fighters were swarmed by adoring fans.  And of course, we were among their admirers.
  • A slew of student and independent productions shot on our stages, and many of them took home top awards on the film festival circuit, including Sundance, Telluride, and the LA Film Fest.
  • So many car commercials!  If only the productions would have left some of those lovely vehicles behind...
  • We always enjoy Comedy Central shoots here, and the Key and Peele episode had to be among our favorites.  Watching those two comedians do their side-splitting sketch on our spaceship sets was a total blast!
  • Space... the final frontier...  And the Star Trek saga continues right here on our standing spaceship sets.  Star Trek Renegades, directed by Tim Russ (aka Lt. Commander Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager), was a labor of Trekkie love.  Walter Koenig (Pavol Chekov from the 1960's Star Trek TV show), Sean Young (the beautiful android lead in BLADE RUNNER), and Edward Furlong (young John Conner from TERMINATOR 2) starred in this ambitious production.  Coming soon to an internet near you!
  • Music videos of all shapes and sizes came through our facility.  We were thrilled and honored to have music vid luminaries Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on our stages.  Not only are they the poster boys of talent, they are super swell guys.
  • Being huge animal lovers, we really got excited when lions, and tigers, and bears...oh my!--and a wolf, too--came to LCS this year.  These are only a few of the beautiful, wonderfully trained exotic creatures we've had here, thanks to Hollywood Animals of Santa Clarita.
  • Renovation of the Stage B kitchen, restrooms, and production offices expanded and upgraded the amenities we offer our renters.
  • LC Sound Services, an in-house audio post-production company, completed the upgrade of its ADR stage and a Final Cut suite.  For your audio post needs, contact Les Claypool at (818) 394-9844.
I could go on and on, but I think that's enough for now. 

On behalf of everyone here at LCS, I would like to thank our clients, vendors, proteges, associates, friends, and family for their continuing support.  We wouldn't be here without you.  We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

Warmest regards,

                           Mary, Patrick, Daniel, Travis, and Lex

Friday, August 9, 2013


Peace, love, and harmony to all.

Yes, the summer of love at LCS is back, because we love our clients.  And to express our ardor, we are offering 25% off any of our lighting packages during the month of September. But wait, that's not all!  Also throughout September, clients can take advantage of a discounted weekly rate on our 19' scissorlift--$300 for a 3-day week!  Such a deal!

Onto the latest and greatest news.  I realize a lot of time passes between blogs, but we've been too bogged to blog.  Since April, our stages have provided settings to a wide variety of productions, from student theses to large union gigs.  

Most recently, a family-friendly film shot on our Stage A.  The storyline centered around young competing martial artists, and the talent was kick-ass! (no pun intended).  Teen and pre-teen world champions did fight scenes that did not look humanly possible, and they made it look effortless.  In my opinion, the highlight of the shoot was having martial arts figureheads on set, among them, Danny Inosanto and Benny Uriquidez on set.  Danny was a star pupil of the late Bruce Lee, and Benny was a world champion kickboxer--he played an assassin who tried to kill John Cusack in "Grosse Point Blank".  Aside from being icons in their field, they were all charming gentlemen who just enjoyed being a part of the film.

Sci-fi is still going strong--our spaceship sets have never been busier.  A dramatic feature entitled, "The Last Scout" shot here in May and is due to be out this year--watch for it.  Our ships were also the setting for an alien bar and off-planet dating show in a fantastic music video lensed by Neil Johnson.  One of my favorites this year was Comedy Central's Key & Peele, who taped some hilarious stuff on our both our stages.  Check out our Facebook page for clips and downloads.

We've had a number of brilliant student productions through our stages shooting film projects for school theses.  If you are a student looking for a great stage, contact us for more information about our student discounts.

We'll try not to let months pass before posting a new blog, so check in for new news and the latest updates!  Until then, peace out!


                                            Mary, Patrick, Daniel, and Lex

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Hi everyone!

Good grief, it's already mid-April!  This year is flying by!  As you can see, a bit of time goes by in between blog updates, but it isn't because there's nothing to report.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  2013 is proving to be our busiest year yet.  A slew of music videos, internet pilots and webisodes, electronic game shoots,  student productions, and independent features and shorts have been streaming through our stages.

LCS also hosted a Digital Cinema Society seminar last month featuring new lighting technology.  There was a splendid turnout of guests and exhibitors.  The latest in lighting gear and technique were demonstrated by ARRI, Cineo Lighting, Hive Lighting, K-5600, Kino-Flo, Litepanels, and Nila.  Plus, acclaimed cinematographers, Robert Schaefer and Joe DiGennaro participated as guest speakers.  For more information about the DCS, visit

Even though we've been busy, busy, busy, in our limited spare time, we continue to improve and expand our amenities.  Our Stage B restrooms were recently revamped in a sharp new look.  In addition, five second-floor offices on Stage B are now available to rent for production support.  We've also just added a 19' scissorlift with extending platform to our inventory of rental equipment, so now our clients can avoid the hassle of renting a high-lift off site and save on delivery and pick-up fees.

Just a reminder, we observe an open policy on gear--productions may bring in their own equipment without restriction.  But keep in mind that we do offer a competitively priced inventory of grip, lighting, and electrical.  For more information on our equipment, please visit our website at, or call us at (818) 768-8935.

More good things are on the horizon, so be sure to check back for updates!

Best regards,

       Mary Claypool, Rental Manager             Patrick Mason, Stage Manager

                                           Daniel Bither, Marketing

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