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    Thread: Spotted two commercials being filmed: SEAT and Audi TTS - downtown LA

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      12-04-2011 08:45 PM #1
      Spotted some covered SEATs near my office today (yes, working through the weekend), went over and snapped some pics. They turned 6th St. into Europe, complete with plants, a newspaper box, signs, a moped and an "internet cafe" (actually a Korean-owned Jewish deli named Yorkshire Grill... Yes, it's good ).

      I asked the crew guys if they had anything to do with the Audi and they said that it was a totally separate shoot, coincidentally happening on the same block and using the same camera car company.

      Came back two hours later and the SEAT shoot was in progress. Snapped pics before they yelled at me.
      On to the pics (they get less crappy below):

      Cayenne camera car with TTS chasing.


      Moped! News box! Must be Europe!


      Note stret signs behind the bushes:


      Covered SEAT


      Uncovered wheel:


      Another one:








      TTS drives by again, chasing a Cayenne camera car:


      Another Cayenne camera car and crew:


      Went back two hours later to find one unlocked next to a water tanker (all car commercials look better with slick streets):


      Interior (this one was on, sounded diesel-like):


      Another flying by while being filmed:


      GOOD PICS OF CARS EDITED UNTIL BRENDA PRIDDY GETS BACK TO ME

      This is where I was yelled at.

      Camera car:


      Street camera crane:


      Walking back, I guess they were upset about me taking pics of the interior as they closed the door and covered the car again:
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      12-04-2011 09:01 PM #2
      I wonder why they would bring them here and make fake euro street scene

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      12-04-2011 09:04 PM #3
      So, the red thing seems to be a SEAT Leon, which is not out yet. If I am correct and I find these pics elsewhere, I'll sue all ya'll . Now pay me!
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    4. 12-04-2011 09:07 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by 330iZHP View Post
      I wonder why they would bring them here and make fake euro street scene
      Maybe it is cheaper to film a commercial in the US?

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      12-04-2011 09:11 PM #5
      Nice pics. Shoulda gotten in and gunned it home.

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      12-04-2011 09:16 PM #6
      ibiza refresh ?

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      12-04-2011 09:20 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      So, the red thing seems to be a SEAT Leon, which is not out yet. If I am correct and I find these pics elsewhere, I'll sue all ya'll . Now pay me!
      Do you know of any good lawyers?
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      12-04-2011 09:34 PM #8
      That's a pretty neat find, good stuff.
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      12-04-2011 09:43 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Churras View Post
      ibiza refresh ?
      Yes, Seat Ibiza facelift.

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      12-04-2011 09:55 PM #10
      Awesome! I never find anything cool like preproduction cars or commercials being filmed. i guess it comes with living in a boring section of the country, lol.
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    11. 12-04-2011 11:38 PM #11
      They already did the refresh on the ibiza? I thought they just did one like 2 years ago or something
      I had a funny signature before, and it went to waste with the switch!

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      12-05-2011 12:37 AM #12
      I believe these are the very first photos of the refreshed Ibiza!

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    13. 12-05-2011 12:41 AM #13
      Excellent! now lets look for a buyer for them interior pics

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      12-05-2011 12:46 AM #14
      Thats the plain an simple SEAT ibiza we get in Mexico, just added led strips on the headlights

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      12-05-2011 12:55 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by OOMMGGMAN View Post
      Excellent! now lets look for a buyer for them interior pics
      too late, already posted

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      12-05-2011 10:50 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Wimbledon View Post
      I believe these are the very first photos of the refreshed Ibiza!

      Nice shots Vad
      Sweet! Off to Brenda Priddy they go .
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      12-05-2011 11:18 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 330iZHP View Post
      I wonder why they would bring them here and make fake euro street scene
      Because most of the commercials you see on TV are shot here. LA has varied streetscape that can double as any place on earth. And we have the infrastructure to support a weekend shoot. Where else in the world are you going to find a camera rig car, 150 technical guys, lots of unemployed directors, and a cooperative city Govt that will allow you to shoot the whole thing in 12 hours on Sunday?

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      12-05-2011 11:23 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      Because most of the commercials you see on TV are shot here. LA has varied streetscape that can double as any place on earth. And we have the infrastructure to support a weekend shoot. Where else in the world are you going to find a camera rig car, 150 technical guys, lots of unemployed directors, and a cooperative city Govt that will allow you to shoot the whole thing in 12 hours on Sunday?
      South Africa. True story.

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      12-05-2011 12:14 PM #19
      Brenda Priddy is checking on these so I'm editing the original post and pulling the red car out until she gets back to me .
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      12-05-2011 01:42 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by duke of chucchinchilla View Post
      South Africa. True story.
      I would like to see you hire 10 grip, 5 sound guy, 20 camera ops, and about 120 other assorted people required to shoot a commercial with 3 days notice in South Africa. And have it edited and ready for air in 10 days.

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      12-05-2011 02:04 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by duke of chucchinchilla View Post
      South Africa. True story.
      Barcelona is another city that's often in at least still pictures in car ads. Which makes me wonder if it's really worth going all the way to LA. It can't rain all the time in BCN this time of the year, either.

      It bothers me when a Finnish company has had a commercial filmed abroad and they're trying to pull it off as a Finnish scenery. There's always something unexplainable that screams that the city scenery isn't from Finland.
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      12-05-2011 02:07 PM #22
      BTW, I'm surprised the Leon isn't on 18"ers or at least 17s.
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      12-05-2011 02:09 PM #23
      Love the "Internet Cafe" sign, BTW. As if the internet was a 19th century invention and the cafe had been there forever.

      Edit: Any chance getting the links to the Priddy pics?
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      12-05-2011 02:36 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      I would like to see you hire 10 grip, 5 sound guy, 20 camera ops, and about 120 other assorted people required to shoot a commercial with 3 days notice in South Africa. And have it edited and ready for air in 10 days.
      This is almost like an out-sourcing project.

      1. It CAN be done.
      2. Doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.

      The closest thing you could call it is "process art", whereby the act of creating is the real art, and the artifact is just a byproduct (kind of like how the purpose of good food is eating and the by-product is feces.). In fact, EXACTLY like that.

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      12-05-2011 04:02 PM #26
      LA didn't make sense to me either, until that guy above posted about the Mexican cars. i forgot Mexico sold SEATs too, so it'd be easy for them to get one to LA.
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      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      LA didn't make sense to me either, until that guy above posted about the Mexican cars. i forgot Mexico sold SEATs too, so it'd be easy for them to get one to LA.
      Yeah. Makes total sense if it was a Mexican commercial.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Yeah. Makes total sense if it was a Mexican commercial.
      The plates are still Spanish, though.
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      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
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      Thanks for the caption, wasn't quite sure what we're looking at here.













      As for why shoot a SEAT spot in LA, my guess is because that's where the best film crew/ad agency/production studio/whatever was and it's cheaper to throw a couple extra SEATs on a boat full of Audis/VWs/Porsches than vice versa.
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      12-05-2011 05:45 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by mhjett View Post
      As for why shoot a SEAT spot in LA, my guess is because that's where the best film crew/ad agency/production studio/whatever was and it's cheaper to throw a couple extra SEATs on a boat full of Audis/VWs/Porsches than vice versa.
      And as mentioned before, LA loves it when you shut down a major street for 12 hours of shooting on a weekend. The whole city is a giant movie prop

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      12-05-2011 05:57 PM #31
      No Sh*t! I was there two weeks ago to see the MotoGP Doc "Fastest" premiere, and they were setting up to film on the corner with that Cayenne. Now I'm wondering if it was for the same thing.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MK2*GTI*GUY View Post
      No Sh*t! I was there two weeks ago to see the MotoGP Doc "Fastest" premiere, and they were setting up to film on the corner with that Cayenne. Now I'm wondering if it was for the same thing.

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      There are about 300 commercial shoots in the city of LA every week. They never go longer than 12 hours. I can guarantee you what you saw was something else.

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      12-05-2011 06:20 PM #33
      There are piles of commercials shot here too. I'm sure some are Canada only but, very common, I can think of four or five off the top of my head.
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      12-05-2011 06:23 PM #34

      was he behind the camera?

      there's a good chance he was



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      12-05-2011 06:48 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Love the "Internet Cafe" sign, BTW. As if the internet was a 19th century invention and the cafe had been there forever.

      They must have been inspired by the sign they covered:



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